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Scup Quota & Landings Data

Updated: August 17, 2021

The 2021 commercial summer scup quota for New York State from May through September is 1,263,608 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: 

2021 Summer Scup Quota Distribution
Period Dates Quota
(lbs)
Trip Limit
(lbs)
%
Distribution
1 May - June 758,165 900 daily
*4000 weekly
60%
2 July - August 379,082 800 30%
3 September 126,361 600 10%

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

The Scup Weekly Harvest Program runs May 1 - June 15, 2021.

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 2021 Commercial Landings (pounds)
Period Week Dates Recent
Landings
Cumulative
Landings
% Period
Quota
Remaining
Period
Quota
Remaining
Quota
1 1 5/1 0 0 0% 758,165 1,263,608
1 2 5/2-5/8 42,222 42,222 6% 715,943 1,221,386
1 3 5/9-5/15 88,946 131,168 17% 626,997 1,132,440
1 4 5/16-5/22 91,089 222,257 29% 535,908 1,041,351
1 5 5/23-5/29 94,316 316,573 42% 441,592 947,035
1 6 5/30-6/5 67,075 383,648 51% 374,517 879,960
1 7 6/6-6/12 69,050 452,698 60% 305,467 810,910
1 8 6/13-6/19 107,692 560,390 74% 197,775 703,218
1 9 6/20-6/26 110,508 670,898 88% 87,267 592,710
1 10 6/27-7/3 89,133 760,031 100% (1,866) 503,577
2 11 7/4-7/10 117,321 877,352 31% 261,761 386,256
2 12 7/11-7/17 47,341 924,693 43% 331,471 338,915
2 13 7/18-7/24 38,493 963,186 54% 293,248 300,422
2 14 7/25-7/31 39,364 1,002,550 64% 253,884 261,058
2 15 8/1-8/7 28,404 1,030,954 71% 225,480 232,654
2 16 8/8-8/14 25,140 1,056,094 78% 200,340 207,514
Keep track of weekly commercial landings by visiting NOAA Fisheries Quota Monitoring (leaves DEC website).

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