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2008 Management Measures For Summer Flounder, Scup And Black Sea Bass Recreational Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries Service approved fishing year 2008 Management Measures for Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fisheries. The final rule published on May 23, 2008. The summer flounder measures are effective on May 23, 2008, black sea bass measures remain status quo from 2007, and the next recreational fishery opening for scup is October 1, 2008.

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A complete copy of the summer flounder, scup and black sea bass regulations are available by clicking on the following:
Subpart G - Summer Flounder Fishey
Subpart H - Scup Fishery
Subpart I - Black Sea Bass Fishery

The summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries are managed cooperatively by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, in consultation with the New England and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. Key 2008 management measures include (full description of all measures is included in the links on this site):

  • 2008 coastwide recreational harvest limits, are 6.2 million pounds for summer flounder, 1.8 million pounds for scup, and 2.1 million pounds for black sea bass
  • Recreational fisheries for summer flounder from Maine to North Carolina operating in state and federal waters are required to adhere to state-specific minimum fish size, possession limits and fishing seasons
  • 2008 recreational measures for scup fisheries operating in federal waters include:
    • 10.5 inch minimum fish size
    • 15 fish possession limit
    • January 1 through February 28 and October 1 through October 31 fishing seasons
  • For state waters, scup are managed under varying state-specific minimum fish size, possession limits and fishing seasons
  • Management measures for 2008 black sea bass recreational fisheries are unchanged from 2007. They are coastwide federal measures which apply to both state and federal waters:
    • 12 inch minimum fish size
    • 25 fish possession limit
    • Fishing season that extends from January 1 through December 31, 2008
 
     

Black Sea Bass
Black sea bass (Centropristis striata)
Photo Credit: NOAA Fisheries NEFSC
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Summer Flounder
Summer Flounder (Paralichthys dentatus)
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Scup
Scup (Stenotomus chrysops)
Photo Credit: NOAA Fisheries NEFSC

(Click on image for Status of Fishery Resource)

  Questions?
 

New Regulations: (978) 281-9315
Permit Applications: (978) 281-9370

 
     

Last Updated: June 4, 2008

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