Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Plan

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Proposed Rule for 2021 Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Specifications

NOAA Fisheries is proposing revised 2021 specifications for the summer flounder, scup, and black sea fisheries. The regulations for the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan require NOAA Fisheries to publish specifications…
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12/02/2020

Temporary Rule to Increase in the Commercial Scup Quota and Possession Limit for the 2020 Winter II Period (October 1-December 31)

As authorized by the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan, this inseason action  transfers 4,850,963 lb of unused quota from the Winter I commercial scup fishery to the Winter II fishery. This results in a revised Winter II…
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Effective
10/01/2020

Amendment 21 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has submitted to NOAA Fisheries Amendment 21 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan.  Amendment 21 proposes revisions to the summer flounder commercial state quota allocation…
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Published
08/12/2020

Revised 2020 and Projected 2021 Black Sea Bass and Scup Specifications

This action approves revised 2020 and projected 2021 specifications for the scup and black sea bass fisheries. Changes to the specifications are necessary to better achieve optimum yield within the fishery while controlling overfishing, consistent with…
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Effective
05/15/2020

Framework Adjustment 14 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan

NOAA Fisheries is implementing changes to aspects of the commercial and recreational summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass management program, as recommended by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. This action incorporates new management…
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Effective
12/30/2019

Scup Winter II Period Quota and Possession Limit Increase

We are adjusting the 2019 Winter II commercial scup quota and per-trip federal landing limit. This action is intended to comply with Framework Adjustment 3 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan that established the…
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Effective
10/01/2019

Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass, and Atlantic Bluefish Fisheries; 2020-2021 Specifications

We are proposing 2020 specifications for the summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, and bluefish fisheries and projects 2021 summer flounder specifications. The implementing regulations for the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery…
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Published
07/26/2019

Recreational Management Measures for the Summer Flounder Fishery for Fishing Year 2019

We have finalized management measures for the 2019 summer flounder recreational fishery consistent with the recommendations of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. We waive federal summer…
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Effective
07/02/2019

Revised 2019 Summer Flounder Specifications

Due to recently available information from a benchmark stock assessment, changes to the specifications are necessary to better achieve optimum yield within the fishery while controlling overfishing, consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery…
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Effective
05/17/2019

2018 Summer Flounder Commercial Quota Harvested for the State of Rhode Island

NOAA Fisheries announces that the 2018 summer flounder commercial quota allocated to the state of Rhode Island has been harvested. Vessels issued a commercial federal permit for the summer flounder fishery may not land summer flounder in Rhode Island…
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Effective
12/29/2018

Scup Fishery; Adjustment to the 2018 Winter II Quota

NOAA Fisheries adjusts the 2018 Winter II commercial scup quota and per-trip federal landing limit. This action is intended to comply with Framework Adjustment 3 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan that established…
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Effective
10/01/2018

2018 Commercial Quota Harvested for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

NOAA Fisheries announces that the 2018 summer flounder commercial quota allocated to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been harvested. Vessels issued a commercial federal fisheries permit for the summer flounder fishery may not land summer flounder…
Effective
08/14/2018

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Recreational Management Measures for the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fisheries; Fishing

NMFS proposes management measures for the 2018 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass recreational fisheries. The implementing regulations for these fisheries require NMFS to publish recreational measures for the fishing year and to provide an…
Effective
04/26/2018

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Scup Fishery; Framework Adjustment 10

NMFS proposes modifications to the commercial scup quota periods, as recommended by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. The proposed change would move the month of October from the Summer Period to the Winter II Period. This rule is intended to…
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03/13/2018

Recreational Management Measures for the Summer Flounder Fishery: Fishing Year 2020

We approved management measures for the 2020 summer flounder recreational fishery. The implementing regulations for this fishery require us to publish recreational measures for each fishing year. The intent of this action is to constrain recreational…
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Effective
06/18/2020

2020-2021 Specifications for the Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass, and Atlantic Bluefish Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries Announces 2020-2021 Summer Flounder Specifications and Interim 2020 Scup, Black Sea Bass, and Bluefish Specifications We are implementing the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s recommended 2020-2021 summer flounder…
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Effective
01/01/2020

2019 Specifications for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass

Through this action, NOAA Fisheries implements 2019 specifications for the summer flounder and black sea bass fisheries and maintains previously-established 2019 specifications for the scup fishery. Additionally, this action reopens the February 2018…
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Effective
01/01/2019

Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fisheries; Commercial Accountability Measures Framework Adjustment

NOAA Fisheries is implementing a commercial framework adjustment to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan that modifies the accountability measures required for overages not caused by directed landings (i.e., discards) in…
Effective
11/26/2018

Special Management Zones for 13 New Jersey Artificial Reefs

NOAA Fisheries approves and implements management measures to designate 13 New Jersey artificial reefs as special management zones under the black sea bass provisions of the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. The intent…
Effective
08/08/2018

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Black Sea Bass Fishery; 2018 February Recreational Season Modification

NOAA Fisheries is implementing regulations to open a 2018 February recreational season in the Federal black sea bass fishery. This action provides additional recreational fishing opportunities in winter, while maintaining management measures to prevent…
Published
02/01/2018

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass Fisheries; 2018 and Projected 2019 Scup Specifications and

On December 22, 2017, NMFS issued final specifications for scup, summer flounder, and black sea bass for 2018. That document inadvertently failed to apply a pound-for-pound overage deduction to the 2018 scup summer period quota due to overages incurred…
Published
01/30/2018

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 07/29/2020