CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. - Governor Cuomo today announced that New York State has extended the season for recreational black sea bass fishing.
Fishing for black sea bass was originally scheduled to close on December 31st. The closing date has been extended for 59 days by emergency regulation, now to remain open through February 28th in 2013.
"Our fishing community, especially our charter fishing boats and bait and tackle shops, were devastated by the effects of Super Storm Sandy," said Senator Lee M. Zeldin. "With the extension of the black sea bass season, some of their economic losses caused by Mother Nature can now start to be recouped."
For all recreational anglers fishing for black sea bass, the minimum size limit has been reduced to 12.5 inches. The possession limit will remain at 15 fish.
Anglers are advised to check DEC's website (http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html) regularly to stay up to date on changes made to marine recreational fishing regulations.