Commercial scup harvest limits set
North Carolina Marine Fisheries Proclamation FF-3-21 sets the harvest period and limits for the commercial scup Winter I harvest period, north of Cape Hatteras.
The harvest period started at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. This commercial harvest period will close at 6 p.m., Friday, April 30, 2021, or when the quota is reached, whichever occurs first.
It is unlawful to possess, sell or offer for sale more than 50,000 pounds of scup per trip during the Winter I commercial harvest period.
“The intent of this proclamation is to maintain North Carolina’s compliance with the requirements of the joint Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council-Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan,” states the proclamation.