The Council met Monday through Thursday of last week. On day one, there was a first “framework” meeting for a possible change to the Council’s “Risk Policy”. While this is undoubtedly complicated and wonky, the Council’s “Risk Policy” can best be described as policy articulating how much risk they want to take given the best
Scup (or porgy) are plentiful as the stock was officially declared rebuilt in 2009 as it increased 30-fold from 1997 to 2008 largely due to conservation measures. They are caught in waters between Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Cape Haters, North Carolina. Scup can be found in open water as well as around structure. Scup are harvest commercially and recreationally.
Scup can grow as large as 18” and three pounds and can live for over twenty years. They migrate north and inshore to spawn in the spring, and then migrate offshore and in fall/winter as the water cools.
In a NOAA Fisheries taste test participants discovered the lesser known scup has a subtle, delicious flavor and an excellent alternative to more popular white fish. Scup are also a forage fish for striped bass, blue fish and other species.
Scup is managed cooperatively by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Cooperative management was developed because scup are caught in both state waters and in federal waters.
Back in September; the Greater Atlantic Regional Office of NOAA Fisheries (GARFO) announced mandatory electronic reporting requirements effecting ANY FOR HIRE VESSEL that fishes under a federal permit and is endorsed to catch certain Mid Atlantic Council managed species. Many New England based charter boats, some who don’t even realize they are supposed to have a federal
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Summer Meeting Alexandria VA / August 1-3 2017. The overarching highlight of the ASMFC Summer Meeting was the Menhaden Management Board which continued development of Amendment 3 to the Menhaden Fishery Management Plan. The Board received a stock assessment update and as was expected, Menhaden remain healthy and are not overfished
The scup is a migratory, schooling member of the porgy family, which is most frequently caught in the waters between Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The center of abundance is located off eastern New York. Scup are relatively small, laterally compressed fish with a silhouette not too different from that of a