New York State Recreational Marine Fishing Registry
Starting January 1, 2012, anglers must enroll in the annual no-fee recreational marine fishing registry before going saltwater fishing. You may register online and print a receipt, then a permit will be mailed to you (usually within a few weeks) or you may obtain one at a NY State license-issuing agent. Please note: for the marine registry, you will not need a credit card and you will not be charged a fee.
New York State Marine Fishing Regulations
Click the link above for the current NY State Marine (saltwater) Fishing Regulations including Fish Species, Seasons, Size Limits, Catch Limits, etc. ( for fish like Striped Bass, Fluke, Flounder, Sea Bass, Cod Fish, Mahi-Mahi, Sharks, Tuna, Albacore, and more). Infraction of these regulations will result in stiff penalties, as anyone who has experience fishing in Montauk will tell you. The New York State DEC officers in this area take their responsibilities very seriously and are extraordinarily adept at finding & ticketing violators.
Atlantic Tuna and HMS Permits and Regulations
If you are planning on fishing for Tuna (Bluefin Tuna, Yellow Fin Tuna, Albacore, etc.) or any HMS (Highly Migratory Species) including Swordfish, Marlin, Sharks, etc. you MUST have a Tuna permit or HMS permit for your vessel (even if you are fishing Catch-and-release). These permits can be obtained online at the National Marine Fisheries Service web site (hmspermits.noaa.gov) and can be purchased / printed immediately.
New York State Fresh Water Fishing Regulations
Click the link above for the current NY State Fresh Water (freshwater) Fishing Regulations including Fish Species, Seasons, Size Limits, Catch Limits, etc. NYS Fresh Water Fishig License required (exceptions).
Special Freshwater Fishing Regulations for Suffolk County
Click the link above for the current NY DEC Special Regulations for Fresh Water Fishing in Suffolk County, NY. NYS Fishing License required for Fresh Water(exceptions).