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NOAA Fisheries Approves 2022 and 2023 Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Specifications

December 22, 2021

2022 and 2023 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass specifications

NOAA Fisheries is approving the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s recommended 2022 and 2023 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass specifications. The catch limits are based on the results of recently conducted stock assessments for all three species and the recommendations of the Council’s Science and Statistical Committee. No changes to the federal commercial management measures are being made.

 

2022 Specifications

Summer Flounder

Scup

Black Sea Bass

Overfishing Limit (OFL)

36.28

32.56

19.26

Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC)

33.12

32.11

18.86

Commercial ACL = Commercial Annual Catch Target (ACT)

18.48

25.05

10.10

Commercial Quota

15.53

20.38

6.47

Recreational ACL = ACT

14.64

7.06

8.76

Recreational Harvest Limit (RHL)

10.36

6.08

6.74

 

2023 Specifications

Summer Flounder

Scup

Black Sea Bass

OFL

34.98

30.09

17.01

ABC

33.12

29.67

16.66

Commercial ACL = Commercial ACT

18.48

23.15

8.93

Commercial Quota

15.53

17.87

5.71

Recreational ACL = ACT

14.64

6.53

7.74

RHL

10.36

5.41

5.95

 

This rule also sets the 2022 summer flounder state commercial quotas. The state quotas account for adjustments necessary to address any long-standing overages or preliminary 2021 overages.

State

Final 2022 Quotas (lb)

ME

 24,488

NH

 19,990

MA

 1,391,846

RI

 2,238,216

CT

 956,043

NY

 1,470,779

NJ

 2,337,728

DE

 -19,173

MD

 935,226

VA

 2,776,242

NC

 3,361,569

Total

15,512,127*

                                         *Summed not including Delaware.

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on December 22, 2021