DEEP: Commercial Summer Flounder Fishery Reopening

Commercial Summer Flounder Fishery Reopening

September 20, 2007

Effective 0001 hours Monday, September 24, 2007 the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reinstated at 75 pounds. Analysis comparing electronic dealer reports to commercial fishermen logbooks and federal fishing vessel trip reports revealed instances of summer flounder landings being attributed to Connecticut that were actually landed in other states. State regulations authorize a 75-pound trip limit between May 1 and October 31.

The DEP will continue to monitor landings and adjusts trip limits according to Department regulations in an attempt to provide fishing opportunity for all participants in the commercial fishery. In addition, the Department strives to provide advance notification of trip limit changes, although this may not always be possible due to rapidly escalating or unanticipated landings. In such circumstances, only a short notification period may be possible.

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.  (N07-23)

The DEP is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  In conformance with the ADA, individuals with disabilities who need information in an alternative format, to allow them to benefit and/or participate in the agency's programs and services, should call TDD (860) 424-3000 and make their request to the receptionist.  Requests for accommodation to attend meetings and/or educational programs, sponsored by the DEP, must be made at least two weeks prior to the program date.  These requests may be made directly to Marcia Z. Bonitto, ADA Coordinator, via email:  Marcia.Bonitto@po.state.ct.us.