Porgy, Scup

Shape

Synonyms

n/a

Edibility

Very good

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 20

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: General Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.
    North of Cape Hatteras (35 deg 15.0321' N) the minimum size limit is 9 inches Total Length and the bag limit is 50 per person per day.
    Must be landed with head and fins intact.
    If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.

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    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters:
    OPEN
    Size Limit: None
    Trip Limit: None
    There are two management entities that work cooperatively to develop fishery regulations for scup: the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC), in conjunction with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

    For more information, see: SAFMC Scup Commercial Regulations or see Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council

  • Bag Limit 50

  • Measurements Min Size: 9 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Vessels with a Federal permit are subject to the most restrictive regulations, either Federal or State (based on state where you land). To see regulations for a particular state, tap the blue location bar at the bottom of the app, tap Map Location, then zoom in/out and drag the map so the crosshairs cover your home port, then tap Set Location. Your state waters should be listed in blue at the top of the screen. Once you tap the white X at the top left of the screen, you will see the relevant state regulations.

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Measurements Min Size: 8 in Total Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Additional Notes
    South of Cape Hatteras (35 deg 15.0321' N Latitude) Scup is included in 20 per person per day reef fish species bag limit. North of Cape Hatteras bag limit increases to 50 fish per person per day.

  • Bag Limit 30

  • Measurements Min Size: 9 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2019
    from January 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    For scup taken at Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Sites the minimum size is 8 inches; see CT Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing. Party/Charter Vessel Bonus Season - for paying passengers only - 45 fish per angler per day from September 1 through October 31.

  • Bag Limit 30

  • Measurements Min Size: 9 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2018
    from January 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Minimum size of 8 inches for anglers fishing from shore only at Fort Wetherill, Jamestown; Fort Adams, Newport; India Point Park, Providence; Stone Bridge, Tiverton; East and West Walls, Pt Judith/Narragansett; Conimicut Park, Warwick; or Rocky Point, Warwick.

    Party and Charter vessels:
    9 inch minumum size,
    30 fish/angler May 1 - Aug. 31
    45 fish/angler Sept. 1 - Oct. 31
    30 fish/angler Nov. 1 - Dec. 31

  • Bag Limit 30

  • Vessel Limit 150

  • Measurements Min Size: 9 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2018
    from January 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Regulations shown are for Private anglers.
    For-hire bonus open season is May 1 - June 30, min size = 10", bag limit = 45 fish/angler;
    For-hire regular open season is July 1 - Dec 31, min size = 10", bag limit = 30 fish/angler.

  • Bag Limit 50

  • Measurements Min Size: 9 in Total Length

  • License Required
    All saltwater anglers must register with the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program. To register, visit http://www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Aggregate Information Name: General Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size.

  • Bag Limit 30

  • Measurements Min Size: 9 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    For anglers aboard licensed party/charter boats, the bag limit is increased to 45 scup per angler, and the season is from September 1 through October 31. A party/charter boat customer who lands and possesses more than 30 scup during September 1 - October 31 must obtain a dated original fare receipt from the licensed vessel.

  • Bag Limit 50

  • Measurements Min Size: 8 in Total Length

  • Bag Limit 30

  • Measurements Min Size: 8 in Total Length

  • Bag Limit 50

  • Measurements Min Size: 8 in Total Length

  • Bag Limit 50

  • Measurements Min Size: 8 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    These regulations apply in North Carolina state waters north of Cape Hatteras (35 deg 15.0321' N Latitude).
    In the EEZ (Federal waters) North of Cape Hatteras minimum size limit is 9 inches TL and bag limit is 50 fish per person per day.

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