Assemblyman D’Urso’s Bill to Regulate Monkfish Passed Both Houses

June 8, 2018

Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso’s bill to protect Monkfish was recently approved by the Assembly and the Senate and awaits the governor’s signature. The Monkfish is also known as “the poor man’s lobster” for its delicious taste, but unseemly appearance.

“By extending the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s ability to regulate Monkfish, we ensure both the protection of our natural environment and the benefit the economy which depends on the fishing industry” said Assemblyman D’Urso. “It is our duty as citizens to ensure that our natural environment is preserved for future generations.”

This law will amend and extend the NYS DEC’s power to regulate and protect Monkfish until December 21, 2021. If this law was not passed, the Monkfish would have lost its regulatory protection and in turn contributed to the closure of New York’s Monkfish fishery industry.

These regulations impose size limits on Monkfish caught, catch and possession limits, open and closed seasons, and closed areas. It also aids in the regulation of transportation, possession and sale of Monkfish. This legislation is pursuant to fishery management plans adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and compliant with the Federal Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

Monkfish, also known as Lophius americanus are native to the east coast of the U.S, and are commonly found in northeastern U.S waters. The Monkfish was recently added to Greenpeace’s “Redlist” due to destructive bottom trawling methods which are used to catch this species.