Draft 2014 Scup Quota Distribution Plan
The 2014 New York State commercial scup (porgy) quota for the summer period May through October is 1,352,808 pounds. The DEC Bureau of Marine Resources held a quota management meeting on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 where a draft quota distribution plan for summer scup was developed.
The following table is a summary of this draft plan for scup. Please review this plan and share your comments with DEC Bureau of Marine Resources. The intent of this plan is to fully utilize the available scup quota for the maximum benefit to New York's fishery and to remain within the allocation. This plan will remain in effect through December 31, 2014.
|Daily Trip Limit
|1||May - June||811,684||800/Aggregate landings*||60%|
|2||July - August||270,562||800||20%|
|3||September - October||270,562||800||20%|
*A weekly limit fishery (aggregate fishery) was proposed for summer scup during Period 1. A final decision has not yet made to this proposal.
For Periods 2 and 3 - If the scup landings reach 75% of the period's quota too early in the period, the daily trip limit will be reduced to 210 pounds.
Provisions governing this distribution are as follows:
- Any period's unused allocation will roll over to the next period. Currently, the fishery management plan for scup does not allow for one year's unused quota to be rolled over to the next year.
- As per regulations, holders of a summer flounder fixed gear permit (pound net/trap net) will be exempt from any scup fishery closures. In the event of a closure, a daily trip limit will be established for the fixed gear fishery.
- DEC may adjust this quota distribution plan if the level of harvest is different from what was projected to ensure maximum utilization of the scup resources and prevent the state allocation from being surpassed.
- The 2014 quota allocation is subject to change by adjustments made by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
Check the Commercial Fishing Limits webpage for updated trip limits and fishery status information on Scup and other quota managed species in New York.
Keep track of weekly commercial landings by clicking on the "NMFS Weekly Landings" link in the right hand column of this page. The link will bring you to NOAA Northeast Region Fisheries Statistics website where the National Marine Fisheries Service keeps track of weekly records on quota and landing reports for managed species in each state along the Atlantic Coast.