Posted on January 6, 2021 NY proposes circle hook requirement for 2021 striped bassÂ season Following is a press release from the NY DEP relative to a circle hook requirement thatâ€™s already in effect in N.J. RECREATIONAL STRIPED BASS FISHING SEASON Comments Accepted until Mar. 8, on Proposed Regulation for Circle Hooks to Help Improve Striped Bass SurvivalThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released a new proposedÂ regulation for public review and comment that would require theÂ use of circleÂ hooks when recreational fishing for Atlantic striped bass. This proposed regulation would reduce release mortality in recreational striped bass fisheries as required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Catch-and-release practices contribute significantly to overall fishing mortality in recreational striped bass fisheries and circle hooks work effectively to increase survival. DEC is accepting public comments on the proposal throughÂ Mar.Â 8, 2021.Â â€œFrom Montauk Point to the Hudson River, New Yorkâ€™s waters provide critical habitat for striped bass of all ages and offer some of the best striped bass fishing along the East Coast,â€Â Commissioner Basil Seggos said.Â â€œCircle hooks improve the survival of fish that are returned to the water, and this requirement further supports conservation efforts that ensure weâ€™re protecting this highly sought-after sportfish for future generations of anglers to enjoy.â€Â The Atlantic coast-wide harvest of striped bass is managed by ASMFC. To address the finding that the striped bass resource is overfished and experiencing overfishing, ASMFC initiated and approvedÂ Addendum VI to Amendment 6Â of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Atlantic Striped Bass to reduce harvest, end overfishing, and bring fishing mortality to the target level.Â New York StateÂ adopted recreational slot size limits regulation changes in 2020Â that reflect ASMFCâ€™s Addendum measures and are in accordance with the FMP. In marine waters the recreational slot size is 28-35 inches total length and in the Hudson River the slot size is 18-28 inches total length; the possession limit is one fish per angler.Â The open seasons and size limits for striped bass in all New YorkÂ waters have not changed for 2021.Â Recreational striped bass seasonsÂ start April 1Â inÂ the Hudson River and tributariesÂ andÂ April 15Â in marineÂ waters. New York State worked cooperatively with other members of ASMFC to adopt consistent slot limit regulations and comparable season dates.The proposed regulation includes all New York State waters where recreational fishing for Atlantic striped bass occurs, including coastal waters of Long Island and New York City, the Delaware River, and the Hudson River to the Federal Dam in Troy, New York. The full text ofÂ the proposed regulation can be found atÂ https://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/106216.html. Comments on the proposed circle hook regulation should be sent toÂ firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ or by mail to: Division of Marine Resources, 205 N. Belle Mead Rd. Suite 1, East Setauket, NY 11733. The public comment period closes onÂ MarchÂ 8, 2021.Â After reviewing public comments, DEC will be adopting and publishing a final regulation.Â DEC encourages anglers to check DECâ€™sÂ Recreational Saltwater Fishing RegulationsÂ for the most up-to-date information before going fishing. Make sure to also enroll in the annual no-feeÂ Recreational Marine Fishing RegistryÂ before going fishing in New Yorkâ€™s Marine and Coastal District waters or when fishing in the Hudson River and its tributaries for â€œmigratory fish of the seaâ€ (which includes striped bass.) Anglers can enroll in the registry online or by phone or by visiting a license issuing agent location. To enroll, go toÂ https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6101.html.Â A small craft warning is up to late tonight for gusty northwest winds which are forecast to drop to 15 knots plus gusts to 25 with 2-4-foot seas by morning.