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Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Plan

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Effective
01/01/2023

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 Management
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Published
07/26/2019

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

We propose management measures for the 2018 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass recreational fisheries. The implementing regulations for these fisheries requires us to publish recreational measures for the fishing year
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Effective
04/26/2018

Scup Fishery, Framework Adjustment 10

We propose 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 i
Effective
03/13/2018

2022 Scup Winter II Period Quota and Possession Limit Increase

The commercial scup quota and the possession limit per trip for the 2022 Winter II Period (October 1-December 31) have been increased due to the rollover of unused quota from the Winter I period.
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Effective
10/01/2022
Effective
01/01/2022
Effective
10/01/2021
Effective
01/01/2021

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

NOAA Fisheries is finalizing Amendment 21 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 21 revises the summer flounder commercial state quota allocation percentages.
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Published
12/14/2020

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.
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Effective
05/15/2020

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 specifica
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Effective
01/01/2020

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 measu
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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
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Effective
10/01/2019

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 summ
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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 Conservatio
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Effective
05/17/2019

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.
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Effective
01/01/2019

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

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 t
Effective
11/26/2018

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 the
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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 in
Effective
08/14/2018

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 of
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 ov
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, we 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 in
Published
01/30/2018

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 05/19/2022