Scup – U.S. Atlantic
Scup are primarily found in the northwest Atlantic from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to South Carolina. Scup have large migrations, moving from coastal waters in summer to offshore waters in winter. Scup reach sexual maturity between two to three years of age and spawn once a year between May and August.
Fisheries management for Scup is effective throughout its range and subsequently Scup abundance is very high. However, the majority of Scup are caught with bottom trawls, which catch other depleted or vulnerable ocean species and damage bottom ocean habitats.