Rep. Zeldin Statement in Opposition to Black Sea Bass Quota “Deal”
PATCHOGUE, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) issued the following statement after the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council (ASMFC) vote to adopt last year’s inequitable black sea bass quota for this upcoming season, which cuts New York’s black sea bass allocation compared to neighboring states even though the black sea bass stock has rebounded and is currently 240% above target biomass:
“This ‘deal’ is no victory for New York fishermen and is worse than status quo with other states receiving an increase. New York continues to roll over for the ASMFC while New York fishermen get screwed. I will not pull the wool over the eyes of hardworking New York fishermen and claim victory. Any deal on behalf of New York fishermen needs to place them on a level playing field with New Jersey and Connecticut, and this deal, cementing a quota cut for local fishermen in comparison to other states, is not equitable. I will not accept anything less than what New York fishermen, both recreational and commercial, deserve – parity.”
Last month, Rep. Zeldin was joined by dozens of local fishermen, small business owners, and other stakeholders to call on the State of New York to take an aggressive stand against the ASMFC’s black sea bass allocation, cutting New York’s quota while increasing that of neighboring states.
The discrepancy between the quotas for New York, New Jersey, and other states are laid out by ASMFC below: