Big cuts coming for bluefish, scup and black seabass dodged a bullet.
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.
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