NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




Scup Closure Notice for Massachusetts

Date: July 2, 1997

Dear Scup Dealer, and Commercial Vessel Permit Holder:

This letter is to advise you that the scup commercial quota available to the State of Massachusetts for the 1997 Summer period (May 1, 1997 through October 31, 1997) has been harvested.

Effective July 2, 1997, fishing vessels issued a Federal moratorium permit for the scup fishery may not land scup in Massachusetts for the remainder of the 1997 Summer period. Additionally, dealers issued Federal dealer permits for scup are advised that they may not purchase scup from Federally permitted vessels that land in Massachusetts for the remainder of the 1997 Summer period.

Scup regulations at 648.4(b) provide that Federal permit holders must agree as a condition of the permit not to land scup in any state that has been determined to no longer have commercial quota available. Thus, as Massachusetts no longer has quota available for the 1997 Summer period, further landings of scup in that state by Federally permitted vessels are prohibited for the remainder of the 1997 Summer period.



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