DEEP: Summer Flounder Possession Limit Change

NOTICE TO COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN

March 28, 2006

SUMMER FLOUNDER POSSESSION LIMIT CHANGE

Effective 0001 hours Saturday, April 1, 2006 the Connecticut Trip Limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to 100 pounds. No commercial license holder shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board more than this amount while on Connecticut’s waters after this date, except that vessels which sailed prior to midnight on Thursday, March 30th and land after 0001 hours on April 1st can land 1,500 pounds at the end of that trip.

State regulations require that the trip limit for summer flounder be reduced from 1,500 to 100 pounds when 50% of the state’s annual quota has been landed. The DEP has estimated that at the current rate of landings, 50% of the state’s annual quota will be harvested by Saturday, April 1st.

The DEP anticipates landings and adjusts trip limits according to state regulations in an attempt to provide fishing opportunity throughout the year for all participants in the commercial fishery. In addition, the Department strives to provide advance notification of trip limit changes.

For further information, contact the DEP Marine Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or by telephone at 860.434.6043 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.