Summer Flounder, Scup, And Black Sea Bass Fisheries Management Measures

2015-06-24T13:53:29+00:00 June 24, 2015|
Summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus). (Credit: NEFSC/NOAA)

(Click to enlarge) Summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus). (Credit: NEFSC/NOAA)

NMFS is implementing management measures for the 2015 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass recreational fisheries.

(From Federal Register) — The summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries are managed cooperatively under the provisions of the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP) developed by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, in consultation with the New England and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. A proposed rule to implement the 2015 Federal recreational management measures (minimum fish size, season, and possession limit) for the summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries was published in the Federal Register on May 5, 2015, with a 15-day comment period that ended on May 20, 2015. This rule clarifies that the regulations for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass possession limits are per person, per trip.

The implementing regulations for these fisheries require NMFS to publish recreational measures for each fishing year. The intent of these measures is to constrain recreational catch to established limits and prevent overfishing of the summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass resources.

The Administrator, Greater Atlantic Region, NMFS, determined that the rule implementing the 2015 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass recreational management measures is necessary for the conservation and management of the summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries and that it is consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and other applicable laws.

Read the full article here: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/06/19/2015-15086/fisheries-of-the-northeastern-united-states-recreational-management-measures-for-the-summer-flounder