Anglers Needed!

The Fisheries Department at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (CCE) is looking for commercial and for-hire fishermen to take 1 to 2 of our scientists out on the water to catch striped bass for our PCB and other contaminants study. Your help is invaluable, as we understand that you know these waters and the behaviors of striped bass better than we do. We are offering a flat rate of $350 plus $50 for each fish we collect. We have all the necessary permits to collect any number of fish ranging from 20” to 38” and one trophy (greater than 38”) per zone.

This study will examine the presence and levels of contaminants, such as PCBs and PFAS, in striped bass. We will need to collect 5 to 7 striped bass in and around New York Harbor (a detailed map of the study zones is on the back of this notice) every month from April through November. Any method of capture is permitted. If you would be interested in supporting this study, CCE will pay you a negotiated charter fee. Please feel free to contact Amanda Dauman or Michael Bowen about any interest or questions about the project.

New York Harbor & Waterways Map
New York Harbor & Waterways

Area Description April May June July August September October Nov/Dec Total
VI Upper Bay 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 56
VII Lower Bay 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 56
VIII Kill Van Kull 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 40
IX Newark Bay 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 56
X Arthur Kill 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 56
XI Raritan Bay 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 40
XII East/Harlem Rivers 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 56
XIII Jamaica Bay 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 40
Total - 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 384

Sampling Zones:

VI. Upper New York Bay includes marine waters north of the Verrazano Bridge to Battery at the southern end of Manhattan.

VII. Lower Bay encompasses the waters from the straight line from Breezy Point to Sandy Hook Point, NJ in the east, Wolfe’s Pond Park to the west, and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in the north.

VIII. This zone contains all waters in the Kill Van Kull, which lies north of Staten Island.

IX. Newark Bay includes the waters north of the opening of the Kill Van Kull and south of where the Passaic and Hackensack Rivers end.

X. This zone includes all waters in the Arthur Kill, which lies west of Staten Island.

XI. Raritan Bay includes the waters west of Wolfe’s Pond Park to the mouth of the Arthur Kill and Raritan River.

XII. The East River zone contains all waters in the East River from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Throgs Neck Bridge and the waters in the Harlem River from the Ward’s Island Bridge to Spuyten Duyvil Bridge.

XIII. Jamaica Bay includes all of the inland estuarine waters east of the Marine Parkway Bridge and west of John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Amanda Dauman                                                               Michael Bowen

   Fisheries Specialist                                                         Fisheries Coordinator

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Amanda Dauman
Fisheries Specialist

Last updated June 28, 2023