DEEP: Commercial Scup and Summer Flounder Possession Limit Adjustments

Commercial Scup and Summer Flounder
Possession Limit Adjustments

October 23, 2007

Effective 0001 hours Thursday, October 25, 2007 the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of Scup by non-federal permit holders is increased to 400 pounds for all gear types excluding lobster pots. No commercial license holder shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board more than 400 pounds until November 1 when the limit is increased to 3,500 pounds.

The DEP estimates that at the current possession limits, the summer period scup quota allocated to Connecticut will not be landed by the end of the period (October 31). Under such circumstances the regulations allow for increased trip limits. The possession limit for lobster pots remains at 10 fish.

Effective 0001 hours Thursday, November 1, 2007 the commercial possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will remain 75 pounds. State regulations require a possession limit of 75 pounds in November if more than 97% of the quota has been harvested. At the current rate of landings the Department projects that more then 97% of the quota will be harvested by November 1.

The DEP monitors landings and adjusts trip limits according to Department 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, 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.  (N07-27)

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 e-mail:  Marcia.Bonitto@po.state.ct.us.