The Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission are considering a joint management action which would modify the dates of the commercial scup quota periods, while leaving all other management measures unchanged, including the possession limits for each quota period and allocations of quota among the periods. The alternatives under consideration were proposed by members of the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel and are intended to help the commercial fishery achieve the commercial quota by allowing higher possession limits to be in effect for a longer period of time each year. Between 2011 and 2015, commercial scup landings were 20-47% below the commercial quota.
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The Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board plan to take final action on this framework/addendum at the Commission’s spring meeting on May 10, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia.