NMFS News Release

Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, & New Hampshire Scup Closures Rescinded

Date: May 10, 1998

Dear Scup Dealer and Commercial Vessel Permit Holder:

This letter is to inform you of the current Federal regulations in effect for the commercial scup fishery. Pursuant to an order of the United States District Court for Massachusetts on April 27, 1998, the state-by-state allocation system for the summer period commercial scup fishing quota is void.

As a consequence, the closures of Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire to commercial harvest of scup are rescinded and the summer period commercial scup quota is now allocated to the coastal states from Maine to North Carolina on a coastwide basis until further notice. The scup summer period is May 1-October 31, 1998. Under this coastwide allocation, vessels may land scup until NMFS announces that the 1998 summer period commercial scup quota of 1,780,794 pounds (0.81 million kilograms) is harvested. Upon harvest of this quota, it is expected that states will take complementary action to prohibit landings by state-permitted commercial scup vessels, in accordance with provisions of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission regulations.

PLEASE NOTE: Reporting requirements for federally permitted dealers and vessel owners issued a moratorium vessel permit for scup remain in effect, as do all other regulations implemented by the Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass.

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