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NOAA Fisheries Announces Modification of Scup Southern Gear Restricted Area

NOAA Fisheries announces a change to the southern and eastern boundaries of the Southern Gear Restricted Area (in effect January 1-March 15), as recommended by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. 

This rule is intended to increase access to traditional squid fishing areas, while maintaining protection for juvenile scup.

This action does not change the Northern Gear Restricted Area, which is in effect from November 1-December 31 annually.

Read the final rule as filed today in the Federal Register, and the permit holder bulletin, which contains all the coordinates. You can also read the supplemental documents and the Commercial Scup Information Sheet, which are also posted on our website.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel at 978-281-9175 or jennifer.goebel@noaa.gov.scup