NOAA Fisheries Approves Revised 2020-2021 Scup and Black Sea Bass Commercial Quotas and Recreational Harvest Limits

May 14, 2020

We are implementing revised 2020 scup and black sea bass specifications and announcing projected 2021 specifications.

The 2020 specifications replace the interim measures put in place January 1, 2020. The revised specifications are based on operational stock assessments for scup and black sea bass completed in fall 2019. 

Final 2020 Scup and Black Sea Bass Specifications, in millions of pounds.

 

Scup

Black Sea Bass

Commercial Quota

22.23

5.58

Recreational Harvest Limit

6.51

5.81

 

Scup Final Commercial Quota Allocations for 2020 and Initial Trip Limits, in pounds.

Season

Percent Share

Quota

Possession Limits

(per trip)

Winter I

45.11

10,027,597

50,000

Summer

38.95

8,658,277

--

Winter II

15.94

3,543,336

12,000*

Total

100.0

22,229,210

 

*The Winter II possession limit may be adjusted (in association with a transfer of unused Winter I quota to the Winter II period) via notice in the Federal Register.

Projected 2021 Scup and Black Sea Bass Specifications, in millions of pounds.

 

Scup

Black Sea Bass

Commercial Quota

18.06

5.58

Recreational Harvest Limit

5.34

5.81

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on May 14, 2020