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NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Specs
Thursday, November 15, 2018

NOAA Fisheries proposes 2019 catch limits for the summer flounder and black sea bass fisheries and maintains the 2019 scup specifications that were established in 2017.

The proposed summer flounder specifications would result in a 16-percent increase in the recreational harvest limit. Due to commercial overages that occurred in 2017, an accountability measure will be applied to the commercial quota that would result in a commercial quota that is similar to that in place for 2018.

For black sea bass, we propose to implement the same specifications that were in place for 2018. We also propose reopening the February black sea bass recreational fishery.

The scup specifications for 2019 are identical to those in place for 2018. We are also proposing an increase in the incidental possession limit for scup moratorium permit holders using small mesh from April 15-June 15.

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission may make mid-year adjustments to these specifications once updated assessment information is available.

Read the proposed rule as published in the Federal Register, and submit your comments through the online portal. You may also submit comments through regular mail to: Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930.

The comment period is open through November 30, 3018.

Questions?

Fishermen: Emily Gilbert, Sustainable Fisheries Office, 978-281-9244
Media: Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, 978-281-9175


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