Get Involved in Marine Fisheries Citizen Science

Saltwater Fishing & Boating Newsletter


Female blue crab

As summer approaches, NYSDEC encourages everyone to get outside and participate in citizen science projects offered in the Marine and Coastal District. There are many opportunities to get involved in marine science research and conservation efforts. Being a citizen scientist offers hands-on experiences in data collection and research methods, while helping biologists collect and analyze essential data they use to make informed decisions to conserve important local marine species.
Consider getting involved in one of the projects offered below:

Blue Crab Tagging Program and Survey
NYSDEC is asking for the assistance of recreational crabbers in reporting their crab harvest and reporting any tagged crabs you may encounter. The information you provide will help us better manage the New York blue crab fishery.

Shark-Spotter Survey
Submit your observations of sharks in the wild! The observations you submit will help biologists record the presence of coastal sharks in New York State waters and will also help to further the understanding of local shark ecology and behavior.

Striped Bass Cooperative Angler Program
Do you want to have a more active role in the conservation and management of striped bass? Join the NYSDEC Striped Bass Cooperative Anglers Program (SBCA) and take part in an effort to help manage and maintain a healthy striped bass population.

Artificial Reef Fishing and Diving Survey
If you’re fishing or diving on one of New York’s artificial reefs, consider submitting a digital survey of your observations. All the information you provide is important supplemental reef monitoring data and helps NYSDEC effectively manage and enhance our artificial reefs.

Recreational Lobster Fishing Survey
Report your recreational harvest lobsters in New York’s marine waters. Information about your fishing trip such as, where and when you fished, what gear you used, and how many lobsters were caught help to assess the status of lobsters in the marine district.
*Recreational lobster permits are only available to New York State residents. Visit DEC’s web page on Lobster Permits for more information.
Fishery Observer Coverage Program Completed
Increased fishery observer coverage for New York through NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Observer Program (NEFOP) ended March 31, 2019.
This coverage was for commercial fishing vessels landing catch in New York. NOAA will continue to provide observers for federal trips as usual, but there will be no more coverage of state only permit holders at this time.
The goal of fishery observer trips was to collect information on protected species including marine mammals, sea turtles, and Atlantic sturgeon. The data will be used to improve bycatch estimates for these species and improve the management of other special interest, non-target fish species that have low or unknown stock status.
Share the Shore With Seals
Attention All Beachgoers! It is common this time of year to see seals on our local saltwater beaches, both in large groups or resting alone. Although seals are referred to as “sea dogs”, and it can be tempting to try and approach them, please remember they are wild animals and to keep your distance.

Seal on the beach

Even though seals can be extremely cute, they are equipped with sharp teeth and can carry communicable diseases. It is stressful for the animal to be approached by humans, and they may become aggressive, especially if their pups are nearby.
All marine mammals are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, therefore, members of the public are instructed to remain at least 150 feet from a marine animal, both on land and at sea.
If you suspect a seal or other marine mammal is sick or abandoned, please call the New York Stranding Hotline at

631-369-9829 to report the animal. To learn more about safe seal-watching, visit NOAA’s Share the Shore Campaign.


New York Fishing Reports

Bridge Work

I’m determined to catch my first local keeper of the season, so I’ve been to the Bridge twice since I last burned the bridge. My night trip yielded only 3 fish and they were all small, but given the conditions (45 degrees, 25-30mph wind, rainy, poor visib.) it was a victory. Those came on a deep trolled crystal minnow. Also kept alive a streak for me, so I was tired but satisfied.
At the end of the night (morning? 3am) I had a very nice hit, bigger than the rest. I made a few more passes trying to reconnect but wasn’t able to. It left me hungry. So I worked the same tide 12 hours later. Much more success, even though it was daytime. I rarely fish during the day, but I’m trying to broaden my horizons this season. Eight bass taken at the top of the tide. Same lure ( and I tried others).

The best part for me was the combination of conditions, methods and strategies, and physical ability (balance, stamina) that were all were necessary today in order to make it happen.

That’s "kayak fishing" to me; a combination of skills brought to bear in a way that is uniquely capable of accomplish the task of catching fish in that situation. Throw in preparation (maintenance, outfitting, etc.) and luck and it can all come together beautifully. 20190513_174943.jpg20190513_161326.jpg20190513_015650.jpg

How To Fishing Blogs

The LI Fishing Podcast #3- Joey Leggio / Spring Striped Bass Fishing Techniques

This podcast Aiden discusses clamming bridges, trolling, back-bay fishing, and jigging. Capt. Joey Leggio is well known for his accounts Fishing Long Island and his Show Chaisin’ Tail TV. Joey runs charters out of Oceanside NY and is an expert at catching almost every saltwater fish in the Long Island Ares, including Striped bass, Tautog, and Summer Flounder.