Dear Scup Dealer and Commercial Vessel Permit Holder:
This letter is to inform you that the commercial scup (porgy) quotas available to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Maryland for the 1998 Summer period have been harvested.
Because of a significant overages in each State's respective 1997
Summer period quota, no scup quota is available for harvest in
Massachusetts or Maryland in the 1998 Summer period. Scup
regulations at 50 CFR 648.120(d)(6) require that any overage of
the commercial quota landed in any state during the Summer period
be deducted from that state's Summer period quota the following
year. Therefore, effective 0001 hours May 01, 1998, through 2400
hours October 31, 1998, fishing vessels issued a Federal
moratorium permit for the scup fishery may not land scup in
Massachusetts or Maryland. Additionally, dealers issued Federal
dealer permits for scup are advised that they may not purchase
scup from Federally permitted vessels that land in Massachusetts
or Maryland for the 1998 Summer period.
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