GLOUCESTER, Mass. — NOAA Fisheries has announced the 2016-2018 regulations for summer flounder, scup and black sea bass.
The summer flounder catch limit is reduced by 30 percent (from 23 million to 16 million pounds) due to four years of below average recruitment (young fish entering the fishery). The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has requested a stock assessment update for next year.
The scup catch limit is slightly reduced compared to 2015 levels but is still well above recent catch.
The black sea bass catch limit will increase from 5.5 million to 6.67 million pounds for 2016 and 2017. This is based on the revised recommendation of the Mid-Atlantic Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The 2018 regulations will be determined after the next scheduled stock assessment.