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NOAA Fisheries Announces Final Quotas for Scup & Black Sea Bass; Accountability Measure in Summer Flounder Fishery

NOAA Fisheries announces a 38-percent increase in the commercial scup quota and a 41-percent increase in the scup recreational harvest limit due to increases in the stock size for 2018. These catch limits replace the current 2018 allowances established in 2015.

In addition, we are reducing catch limits for commercial summer flounder to account for overages incurred in 2016, as required by the regulations. In 2016, the commercial annual catch limit was exceeded due to higher-than-anticipated estimated discards of summer flounder. After subtracting estimated discards, the resulting commercial quota is 2.9 percent lower than the initial 2018 quota, but is still 13.7 percent higher than the final 2017 quota.

We are also announcing the previously projected black sea bass catch limits for 2018 as final in this action.

For more details, including the final scup quotas and state commercial summer flounder allocations, read the rule as filed in the Federal Register today, and the permit holder bulletin on our website.

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