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


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 Status

August 2018: The Council and Board approved a range of alternatives during their joint meeting in August 2018. Several states are holding public hearings on the Commission’s addendum (addendum XXXI) in November 2018. More information is available at: The Council and Board are scheduled to take final action at their joint meeting in December 2018.