Fishing season for scup extended
The Department of Environmental Management announced that the recreational season for scup, which was scheduled to close on Sept. 26, will be extended to Dec. 31, with a daily possession limit of 10 fish per licensed person.
Also, the scup season for charter and party boats, which was scheduled to close on Oct. 11, will be extended to Dec. 31, with a daily possession limit of 10 fish per person.
In order to increase access to the overstocked scup population and thereby afford relief and reduce the ecological peril faced by the tautog population which has been declared to be “overfished,” DEM Director Janet Coit has determined that it is necessary to adopt regulatory amendments via emergency rule making in order to extend the recreational season for scup until Dec. 31.
The department filed the regulatory action with the R.I. secretary of state’s office on Sept. 26. The extended season has taken effective immediately, thus allowing for an uninterrupted continuation of the 2011 recreational scup fishery.