Commercial Scup Quota Period Framework

Framework Adjustment 12 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan


The Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission developed this joint management action to modify the dates of the commercial scup quota periods. This action is 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. 

Summary of Final Measures

On April 19, 2018, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule for Framework 12 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass FMP. This action moves the month of October from the Summer Period to the Winter II Period. All other management measures unchanged, including the possession limits for each quota period and allocations of quota among the periods.

Contact: Julia Beaty, (302) 526-5250,