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Proposed Rule to Implement 2022 Recreational Management Measures for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass

Overview

Fishing Type
Recreational
Action Status
Proposed Rule
Published
04/18/2022
Point of Contact
Emily Keiley, (978) 281-9116

Summary

NOAA Fisheries is seeking comments on proposed 2022 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass recreational fishery management measures.

Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass

We propose the conservation equivalency approach for the summer flounder and black sea bass recreational fisheries. Both the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission recommended conservation equivalency, for both species, in 2022.

The proposed rule contains additional details on conservation equivalency, including what measures would be put in place if the Commission does not ultimately recommend conservation equivalency.

Scup

We are proposing a closure of the federal recreational scup fishery. This closure would apply to all recreational vessels fishing in federal waters and all federally permitted for-hire vessels fishing in either state or federal waters. Given the anticipated social and economic impacts of this closure we are seeking comments on alternative approaches that would achieve the objective of reducing scup catch and preventing overfishing while also minimizing, to the extent possible, social and economic impacts.

The reductions proposed for scup and black sea bass, and the increase for summer flounder, are based on the current regulatory requirements that we must propose recreational management measures that are expected to achieve, but not exceed the recreational harvest limits. These regulations implement the specification setting process set forth in the Mid-Atlantic Council’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan.

Federal Register

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 05/02/2022