On December 30, 2011, the National Marine Fisheries Service approved a 50,000 lb trip limit for scup during the 2012 Winter I period (January 1 – April 30).  This trip limit is effective January 1, 2012.  The Winter I trip limit will be reduced to 1,000 lb once 80% of the period’s allocation of 12,589,558 lbs is harvested.

The Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) will take comment on the Winter I scup trip limit through 4:00 PM on Friday, January 13, 2012.  The Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission will review comment and vote by fax poll to establish the Winter I trip limits for Massachusetts.    

Please e-mail all public comments to jared.silva@state.ma.us or send to the attention of Jared Silva at 251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114.

More information can be found on the agency’s website or by contacting the agency by phone (617-626-1534) or email (jared.silva@state.ma.us).