NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




Scup Closure

Date: July 27, 2000

Dear Scup Dealer and Commercial Vessel Permit Holder:

This letter is to inform you that the Summer period (May through October) commercial quota for the scup fishery is projected to be harvested.

Therefore, effective 0001 hours August 1, 2000, fishing vessels issued a Federal moratorium permit for the scup fishery may no longer land scup in any state for the remainder of the Summer period. This prohibition applies to federally-permitted vessels whether they fish in Federal or state waters. Vessel owners issued Federal permits are reminded that they must continue to complete and submit vessel logbooks. Additionally, dealers issued Federal dealer permits for scup are advised that they may not purchase scup from federally permitted vessels that land scup for the remainder of the Summer period. Federally permitted dealers must continue to report all fish purchases from any vessel.

Vessel owners issued Federal limited access scup permits are reminded that regulations at 50 CFR 648.4(a)(1)(i)(K) state that if a vessel's limited access permit history for a particular fishery is voluntarily surrendered to the Regional Administrator, no limited access permit for that fishery may be reissued or renewed based on that vessel's history. Accordingly, once you obtain or renew a Federal limited access permit in any given year, you may not relinquish that permit during that same year (for purposes of fishing for scup in state waters, for example) or you will lose your right to renew your limited access permit the following year.

This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service



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