The commercial season for Atlantic bluefish in New York State will remain open after it appeared the season would end about three months earlier than usual. Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) announced Thursday that the bluefish fishery will remain open.

“Commercial fishing is a vibrant and essential part of Long Island’s economy, and I commend the federal government for abandoning its ill-conceived plan that would have dealt a devastating blow to this vital industry,” Mr. Cuomo said in a press release on Thursday.

The bluefish fishing season was at risk of coming to an end when harvest data released by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration in June showed heavily inflated recreational bluefish landings from New York’s recreational vessels during May and June of 2015. This harvest data prompted the NOAA to declare that the transfer of pounds from the recreational sector to the commercial quota would be suspended in 2016, thus closing the commercial fishing season that had already hit its quota.

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