Scup, photo/New England Boating.

Scup, photo/New England Boating.

Providence Journal: The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s summer flounder, scup and black sea bass board has initiated a change in the way states may be allowed to manage fluke (also known as summer flounder) and black sea bass. Currently, these species are regulated regionally by the commission with individual states implementing management plans that meet commission guidelines.

This approach has created difficulties for some states as fishing overages have occurred, particularly in New York, due to fact that state shares and limits have not reflected the local abundance of the fish and their availability to recreational fishermen. Consequently, in recent years, minimum sizes in New York have been up to an inch and a half larger than those in neighboring states.

Learn more about the changes to the management of fluke, sea bass and scup.


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