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News Release
RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release:

September 11, 2000

Media Contact:

Sally Spadaro 222-4700 ext. 2426
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418

DEM DECREASES CATCH LIMIT FOR COMMERCIAL SCUP FISHERY

New Regulations Governing Scup Processing Are Also Adopted

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management's Division of Fish and Wildlife will decrease the daily scup possession limit per vessel from 300 to 100 pounds effective on Sunday, September 10.

The possession limit had been temporarily increased on August 28 to allow harvest of the underutilized floating fish trap scup allocation by other gear types. Landing reports, however, have indicated unexpectedly high catch rates. Consequently, DEM expects the quota will be harvested prior to the end of the allocation period and is making this adjustment to the regulations to allow the season to remain open as long as possible.

Rhode Island receives an annual allocation for scup capture from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. DEM manages this quota with a view to keeping the state within its assigned allocation and to the extent possible, making fish available to commercial fisherman and consumes throughout the entire year.

In addition, DEM has adapted new regulations regarding the landing, shipping, transfer, and reporting of scup effective Tuesday, September 12. These new regulations are being distributed to all dealers licensed by the State. Any questions about the regulations should be directed to the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 789-3094.


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