Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass

Original FMP (1988)

  • Established management plan for summer flounder.

Amendment 1 (1991)

  • Established an overfishing definition for summer flounder.

Amendment 2 (1993)

  • Established rebuilding schedule, commercial quotas, recreational harvest limits, size limits, gear restrictions, permits, and reporting requirements for summer flounder;
  • Created the Summer Flounder Monitoring Committee.

Amendment 3 (1993)

  • Revised the exempted fishery line for summer flounder;
  • Increased the large mesh net threshold for summer flounder;
  • Established otter trawl retention requirements for large mesh use in the summer flounder fishery.

Amendment 4 (1993)

  • Revised state-specific shares for summer flounder commercial quota allocation.

Amendment 5 (1993)

  • Allowed states to combine or transfer summer flounder commercial quota.

Amendment 6 (1994)

  • Set criteria for allowance of multiple nets on board commercial vessels for summer flounder;
  • Established deadline for publishing catch limits,
  • Established commercial management measures for summer flounder.

Amendment 7 (1995)

  • Revised the fishing mortality rate reduction schedule for summer flounder.

Amendment 8 (1996)

  • Incorporated Scup FMP into Summer Flounder FMP
  • Established scup management measures, including commercial quotas, recreational harvest limits, size limits, gear restrictions, permits, and reporting requirements.

1996 Regulatory Amendment (1996)

  • Established seasonal quota periods for the commercial scup fishery.

Amendment 9 (1996)

  • Incorporated Black Sea Bass into Summer Flounder FMP
  • Established black sea bass measures, including commercial quotas, recreational harvest limits, size limits, gear restrictions, permits, and reporting requirements.

Amendment 10 (1997)

  • Modified commercial minimum mesh requirements 
  • Continued commercial vessel moratorium 
  • Prohibited transfer of summer flounder at sea 
  • Established special permit for party/charter sector for summer flounder.

Amendment 11 (1998)

  • Modified certain provisions related to vessel replacement and upgrading, permit history transfer, splitting, and permit renewal regulations.

Amendment 12 (1999)

  • Revised FMP to comply with the SFA and established framework adjustment process.

Framework 1 (2001)

  • Established quota set-aside for research for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass.

Framework 2 (2001)

  • Established state-specific conservation equivalency measures.

Framework 3 (2003)

  • Allowed the rollover of winter scup quota;
  • Revised the start date for summer quota period for scup fishery.

Framework 4 (2003)

  • Established a system to transfer scup at sea.

Amendment 13 (2003)

  • Amendment 13 Appendices
  • Addressed the disapproved sections of Amendment 12;
  • Revised black sea bass commercial quota system;
  • Addressed other black sea bass mgmt. measures.

Framework 5 (2004)

  • Established multi-year specification setting of quota for all three species.

Framework 6 (2006)

  • Established region-specific conservation equivalency measures for summer flounder.

Framework 7 (2007)

  • Built flexibility into process to define and update status determination criteria for each plan species. 

Amendment 16 (2007)

  • Standardized bycatch reporting methodology.

Amendment 14 (2007)

  • Established a rebuilding schedule for scup; Scup GRAs made modifiable through framework adjustment process.

Amendment 15 (2011)

  • Established Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Accountability Measures (AMs)

Amendment 19 - Omnibus Recreational Accountability Amendment (2013)

  • Modified the accountability measures for the Council's recreational fisheries

Amendment 17 (2015)

  • Final Rule
  • Implemented Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology

Framework 8 - Black Sea Bass May Opening Framework (2015)

  • Final Rule
  • Allows the black sea bass recreational fishery to begin on May 15 of each year, instead of May 19, to provide additional fishing opportunities

Amendment 18 - Omnibus Amendment to Simplify Vessel Baselines (2015)

  • Final Rule
  • Eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit "did not fish" reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing
  • Removed some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on Federal fishing permits

Framework 9 - Scup GRA Framework (2016)

  • Modified the southern and eastern boundaries of the Southern Scup Gear Restricted Area (in effect January 1-March 15)

Amendment 20 - Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment (2017)

  • Final Rule
  • Implements management measures to prevent the development of new, and the expansion of existing, commercial fisheries on certain forage species in the Mid-Atlantic

Framework 10 - Omnibus For-Hire Electronic Trip Report Framework (2017)

  • Final Rule
  • Implements a requirement for vessels that hold party/charter permits for Council-managed species to submit vessel trip reports electronically (eVTRs) while on a trip carrying passengers for hire.

Framework 11 - Omnibus Acceptable Biological Catch Framework (2018)

  • Final Rule
  • Establishes a process for setting constant multi-year Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) limits for Council-managed fisheries;
  • Clarifies that the Atlantic Bluefish, Tilefish, and Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish FMPs will now automatically incorporate the best available scientific information in calculating ABCs (as all other Mid-Atlantic management plans do) rather than requiring a separate management action to adopt them;
  • Clarifies the process for setting ABCs for each of the four types of ABC control rules.

Framework 12 - Scup Quota Period Framework (2018)

  • Final Rule
  • Modifies the dates of the commercial scup quota periods, moving the month of October from the Summer Period to the Winter II Period.