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Dictionary Definition



1 flesh of fish found in colder waters of northern Atlantic coast of the United States
2 lean flesh of fish found in warm waters of southern Atlantic coast of the United States [syn: porgy]
3 porgy of southern Atlantic coastal waters of North America [syn: southern porgy, southern scup, Stenotomus aculeatus]
4 found in Atlantic coastal waters of North America from South Carolina to Maine; esteemed as a panfish [syn: northern porgy, northern scup, Stenotomus chrysops]

Extensive Definition

This article is about a type of fish. For the organization whose acronym is SCUP, see Society for College and University Planning.
The scup, Stenotomus chrysops, is a fish which occurs primarily in the Atlantic from Massachusetts to South Carolina. Along with many other fish of the family Sparidae, it also commonly known as porgy.
Scup grow as large as 18 in (450 mm) and weigh 3 to 4 lb (2 kg), but they average 1/2 - 1 lb (0.5 kg).
In the Middle Atlantic Bight, scup spawn along the inner continental shelf. Their larvae end up in inshore waters, along the coast and in estuarine areas. At 2 to 3 years of age, they mature. Scup winter along the mid and outer continental shelf. When the temperature warms in the spring they migrate inshore.
They are fished for by commercial and recreational fishermen. They are a fine fish to eat because of their light flavor and are sometimes called panfish. Popular methods of cooking include but are not limited to frying, broiling and baking.


scup in Dutch: Scup
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