Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Framework Framework on Conservation Equivalency, Block Island Sound Transit, and Slot Limits

Framework Adjustment 14 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan


The Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) jointly manage summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass. The Council and the ASMFC are developing a joint framework action and addendum to consider adding the following management options to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan:

  1. Conservation equivalency for the recreational black sea bass fishery,

  2. Conservation equivalency rollover for summer flounder

  3. Transit provisions for Block Island Sound for recreational and/or commercial fisheries for all three species, and

  4. Slot limits for recreational fisheries for all three species


  • Julia Beaty, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, (302)526-5250,

  • Caitlin Starks, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, (703)842-0740,

Action Timeline and Status

Recent updates are listed in reverse chronological order.

August 8, 2019: NOAA Fisheries published a proposed rule for this framework action. The comment period closes September 9. Read the bulletin here.

December 2018: The Council and Board selected preferred alternatives. A summary of the selected alternatives is available in the December 2018 Council Meeting Report (page 2).

August 2018: The Council and Board approved a range of alternatives during their joint meeting in August 2018.



Listed in reverse chronological order