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Scup

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Scup Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Porgy, Scup U.S. Atlantic Wild


Scup, Wild, U.S. Atlantic

Scup, also commonly sold as porgy, shows evidence of a population rebound.

Summary

The commercial scup fishery is one of the oldest in the U.S., with statistics dating back to 1800. The fishery began using trawls in 1929, and scup catches increased dramatically. By 1996, scup in the Atlantic were overfished. Today there is evidence of a population rebound.

Most trawling has adverse, long-lasting effects on the seafloor and rocky habitats. However, scup trawling occurs primarily in sand and mud habitats, which are more resilient than deep-water, rocky bottoms.


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