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2016 Scup Quota Distribution Plan

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council have approved a small decrease in the commercial scup quota for the 2016 fishing season due to a decrease in the spawning stock biomass. Based on the final specifications provided in the December 28, 2015 Federal Register, the DEC's preliminary estimate for the New York State commercial allocation for scup for the 2016 summer period (May through October) is 1,261,453 pounds.

The following table is a summary of the quota distribution plan for 2016. The intent of this plan is to fully utilize the available scup quota for the maximum benefit to New York's commercial fishing industry, yet remain within the state quota allocation. This plan will remain in effect through December 31, 2016. Period quota allocations may be adjusted when the final specifications for the 2016 scup commercial quota are released.

2016 Scup Commercial Quota Distribution (May to October)
Period Dates Quota
Daily Trip Limit
1 May - June 756,872 800 60%
2 July - August 252,291 800 20%
3 September - October 252,291 800 20%

Provisions governing this distribution are as follows:

  • Trip limits are intended to spread the quota allocation over each period and to avoid fishery closures if possible.
  • Period 1 and Period 2 quota overages/underages will roll over into Period 3. 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 to ensure maximum utilization of the scup resource and prevent the state quota allocation from being exceeded. If scup landings begin to approach the period quota limit, DEC may reduce trip limits or close the fishery to harvest until the beginning of the next period.
  • The 2016 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.

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