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Scup Quota & Landings Data

Updated: April 14, 2022

The 2021 commercial summer scup quota for New York State from May through September is 1,256,163 pounds as determined by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and regulations promulgated by NOAA Fisheries. The Summer Scup Quota Distribution Plan is distributed into three quota periods with the following harvest limits: 

2022 Summer Scup Quota Distribution
Period Dates Quota
Trip Limit
1 May - June 753,698 900 daily
2 July - August 379,082 800 daily 30%
3 September 126,361 600 dail 10%

​Check Commercial Harvest Limits for the current trip limit and fishery status information.

The Scup Weekly Harvest Program is closed.

The Summer Scup Quota Distribution Plan may be modified by NYSDEC subject to the following criteria: 

  • Trip limits may be adjusted to spread allocation over each period and avoid fishery closures when possible 
  • Overharvest or underharvest from Periods 1 through 2 will be deducted from or rolled into the next period. 
  • Underharvest from Period 3 will not be rolled over into 2022 in accordance with the terms of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass. 
  • Holders of a summer flounder fixed gear permit (pound net/trap net) are exempt from any scup fishery closures, May 1 through September 30. In the event of a closure, a daily trip limit will be established for the fixed gear fishery.  
  • If a period's quota is projected to be exceeded, actions may be taken, up to and possibly including closure of the remaining period until the next period, to preserve quota for subsequent periods. 
  • Quota allocations will be adjusted to ensure maximum utilization of the scup resource or prevent New York State's allocation from being exceeded.
  • The final quota allocation is subject to adjustment by NOAA Fisheries. 
  • Visit Special Harvest Programs for details on the weekly harvest program for scup that runs from May 1 through June 15, 2021.

Scup Landings Summary

Weekly Summary of 2022 Commercial Landings (pounds)
Week Dates Trip Limit Recent
% Quota Used
1 5/1-5/6 900 daily TBD TBD 1,256,163 0%
Keep track of weekly commercial landings by visiting NOAA Fisheries Quota Monitoring (leaves DEC website).

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