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NOAA Fisheries Announces Proposed Recreational Rules for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass

May 23, 2016

NOAA Fisheries is proposing new recreational regulations for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass for the 2016 fishing year in federal waters.

Summer Flounder

We are proposing "conservation equivalency," which means that we will not set any federal rules, but allow states or groups of states to set their own rules, which together will not exceed the total coastwide recreational harvest limit.

Scup (no change from 2015)

Minimum size: 9 inches
Possession limit: 50 fish
Season: Jan 1-Dec 31

In addition, we are proposing an increase in the commercial scup incidental possession limit from 500 lbs to 1,000 lbs for vessels using mesh smaller than 5 inches for the November-April season. This will not affect the recreational fishery.

Black Sea Bass (no change from 2015)

Minimum size: 12.5 inches
Possession limit: 15 fish
Seasons: May 15-Sep 21, Oct 22-Dec 31

Please note: states may have more restrictive measures.

Read the proposed rule as filed in the Federal Register.

The comment period is open until 5pm on June 7.

Please submit your comments online or by mailing them to:

John Bullard, Regional Administrator
NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region
55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930


Please mark the outside of the envelope "Comments on Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass Proposed Rule."

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Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, at 978-281-9175 or