DEEP: Public Informational Meeting on 2007 Recreational Summer Flounder Fishery Measures

Public Informational Meeting on 2007 Recreational Summer Flounder Fishery Measures

The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding a public informational meeting to hear public input on proposed approaches to meet mandatory harvest target reductions for the 2007 recreational summer flounder fishery. Connecticut must implement a reduction in harvest in 2007 to comply with mandatory provisions of the Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

The Department is seeking input on various options that include changes to the open season, creel limit and/or minimum size. In addition, the department is also seeking input on whether to pursue regional management of summer flounder with neighboring states. Depending on the strategies adopted, the harvest reduction that would be required would range from 14% to 37%. In the long term, the regional approaches are likely to be beneficial, as was the opportunity to adopt regional management for scup in 2004. In 2007, however, the impact to Connecticut would be greater under the regional approaches.

The meeting will be held at:

7:00 PM, Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Clinton Town Hall, Rose Room
50 East Main St. (Route 1)
Clinton, CT 06413

Take I-95 to Exit 63 (Route 81).
Take Route 81 south to Main St. (Route 1).
Turn left onto Main St., go 0.2 miles. Clinton Town Hall is on the right.
Park in the rear and enter the rear door.
Go down a few steps, and the Rose Room is to the right

For further information, contact the Marine Fisheries Division by mail at PO Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371, by telephone at 860.434.6043, or by emailing dep.marine.fisheries@po.state.ct.us.  (N07-04)