DEEP: Notice to Commercial Fishermen Spiny Dogfish Fishery Closure

Notice to Commercial Fishermen

Spiny Dogfish Fishery Closure

September 22, 2006

Effective 0001 hours Monday, September 25, 2006 the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of spiny dogfish will be reduced to zero pounds. No commercial license holder shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board spiny dogfish for the remainder of period 1.

The National Marine Fisheries Service estimates that 100% of the commercial spiny dogfish quota allocated to period 1 (May 1 through October 31) will be landed by September 25. The spiny dogfish fishery management plan of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and State regulations require that landings be prohibited once the period quota has been landed.

For further information, contact the DEP Marine Fisheries Division, PO 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. In addition, the Division can be contacted by email at dep.marine.fisheries@po.state.ct.us.

(N06-19)