Yes Nick, and it seems that is making news due to one of the crew members 'supposedly' on a dragger out of Pt. Pleasant did a hammer job on the scuppo's.
It due to the reaction it is getting on one recreational angler website, you have those who are soiling their panties and others who want NMFS to do something about it.
Thing is.....trip limit is 50k...and there was mention that it was a two-tow drag and they caught what they needed....and it seems that they avoided the BO' biscuits in the process.
Nothing wrong there...all legal and this is all allowed during the winter scup quota for the commercial sector. Many sporty fishermen cannot deal with this...as you can see, and they believe that the commercial fishermen who is making a legal landing of fish, is in their minds taking away fish from them.
If recreational fishermen do not like this...go to the Council meetings....write to NMFS and the MAFMC and go about working within the fishery management process. You will see how frustrating it is for anyone to get the fishery management changes THAT YOU PREFER to fish under.....
Oh, by the way....this came in today at noon and to shed a little more knowledge to the recreational fisherman:
Currently, the scup commercial quota is broken into three periods:
Winter I (January 1 through April 30) receives 45.11 percent of the annual quota;
Summer (May 1 through October 31) receives 38.95 percent; and
Winter II (November 1 through December 31) receives an initial 15.94 percent with any unused Winter I quota rolled over into Winter II.
Federal trip limits are imposed during the two Winter Periods; states impose landing restrictions during the Summer Period. The Council established these quota periods in 1997 to recognize that there are two commercial fishing fleets (62 FR 27978; May 22, 1997).
Larger vessels harvest scup offshore during the winter months and smaller vessels harvest scup inshore during the summer.
Without the quota periods and Federal trip limits, the larger vessels would be able to fish the full annual quota early in the year, leaving no quota for the smaller inshore fleet.
The scup stock was declared rebuilt in 2009 based on the findings of a stock assessment. The commercial scup quota nearly doubled between 2010 and 2011.
From 2011 to 2016, commercial scup landings have been 20 to 47 percent below the annual commercial quota.
Stakeholders have stated that the more restrictive possession limits during the Summer Period, compared to the Winter I and II Periods, have prevented fishermen from landing high volumes of scup when they are available. This limits the ability of the fishery to achieve the annual commercial quota and results in forgone yield.
In order to address these limits on the ability of the fishery to achieve the annual commercial quota, this action would:
- move the month of October from the Summer Period to the Winter II Period.
This action would facilitate more landings at higher possession limits during longer periods of time. This change would be effective for October 2018 and is expected to have positive socioeconomic impacts compared to maintaining the status quo quota periods.
This action only considers a change to the seasons of the three quota periods. It is not changing the possession limits or the amount of quota allocated annually to each period