scup porgy fish

Scup or porgy (Stenotomus chrysops) occur from from Cape Cod, MA to Cape Hatteras, NC., most often near rocks, offshore ledges, mussel beds, and other bottom structure.

Scup move inshore in summer but return to deeper waters offshore or migrate southward when temperatures cool. Larger fish generally occur farther offshore than smaller ones.

Scup are taken primarily with trawl gear. Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey are top states for scup landings.

In U.S. scup stocks are jointed managed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC).

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