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Summer Flounder and Scup 2017 Recreational Management Measures

Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
July 6, 2017

Effective Date: July 7 2017

We have approved the final 2017 minimum fish size, angler possession limits, and fishing season rules for the summer flounder (fluke) and scup (porgies) recreational fisheries.  States have already put their rules in place for the season.

We are continuing “conservation equivalency” for the summer flounder fishery.  Conservation equivalency means that we have waived the Federal recreational bag limit, minimum fish size, and fishing season, and vessel owners are subject only to regulations in their state.  Please contact your state for information on your state’s summer flounder regulations. 

We are aware that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has requested that the Secretary of Commerce review the Commission’s finding that New Jersey is out of compliance with Addendum XXVIII to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Interstate Fishery Management Plan.  The Commission has requested that the Secretary review the non-compliance determination and decide whether or not to implement a moratorium on summer flounder fishing in New Jersey state waters.  This determination is occurring through a separate process and we will have a final decision on this issue in early July.

We are also maintaining the year-round open season for recreational scup fishing, the minimum fish size is still 9 inches, and the per person per trip possession limit is still 50 scup per person.  Please keep in mind that, if the Federal minimum size, possession limit, and/or season differ from the regulations for the state in which you will be landing, you must follow the more restrictive regulations.

If you have additional questions on the recreational management measures after reading this letter, please call the Sustainable Fisheries Division at (978) 281-9315.

For small entity compliance guides, this bulletin complies with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement and Fairness Act of 1996.  This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Greater Atlantic Region.