Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Recreational Management Framework

Overview

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

Contacts:

  • Julia Beaty, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, (302)526-5250, jbeaty@mafmc.org
  • Caitlin Starks, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, (703)842-0740, cstarks@asmfc.org

Action Status

April 30, 2018: The Council and Board met jointly to consider draft alternatives for this action. After considering the recommendations of the Fishery Management Action Team and the Council’s Demersal Committee and a subset of the Board, the Board and Council approved draft alternatives for the Framework and Addendum. The draft alternatives include options for the use of conservation equivalency for the recreational black sea bass fishery, conservation equivalency rollover for summer flounder and black sea bass, the option to use slot limits in recreational fisheries for all three species, and Block Island Sound transit provisions. The transit provision alternatives include two alternative transit zone areas which could apply to recreational fisheries only, or to both commercial and recreational fisheries for all three species, depending on the alternatives selected. A draft public hearing document will be presented at the Council and Board's August joint meeting, with final action tentatively scheduled for December 2018.

December 2017: The Council and the ASMFC’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board initiated this framework and addendum at their joint December 2017 meeting. 

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