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Scup Winter II Period Quota and Possession Limit Increase, Effective October 1

NOAA announces an increase in the commercial scup quota and possession limit for the 2018 Winter II Period (October 1-December 31). Unused quota from the Winter I Period (January 1-April 30) is being rolled over into Winter II. Because only 45 percent of the 10,820,000 lb Winter I quota was harvested in 2018, the remaining unused 5,943,861 lb is available for transfer to the Winter II quota. As a result:

The revised Winter II commercial scup quota is 9,766,677 lb, up 155 percent from 3,822,816 lb.

The revised commercial scup possession limit for the Winter II season is 28,500 lb, per trip, up 137.5 percent from 12,000 lb.

When state and federal possession limits are different, fishermen with both state and federal permits are required to abide by the more restrictive of the two.

For more details, read the Federal Register notice as filed today, and the Permit Holder Bulletin on our website.

Questions? Contact Cynthia Ferrio at 978-281-9180.