Commercial Scup Quota Period Framework

Overview

The Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission developed 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 considered were proposed by members of the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel and were 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. In May 2017, the Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission’s Summer Flounder Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board voted to move the month of October to the Winter II quota period as the preferred alternative.

Contact: Julia Beaty, (302) 526-5250, jbeaty@mafmc.org

Action Status

The Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board took final action on this framework/addendum at the Commission’s spring meeting on May 10, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. A proposed rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register in the coming months. The changes to the quota periods are expected to be in place for 2018.

Meetings