DEEP: Notice to Fishermen Marine Fisheries Regulation Changes

Notice to Fishermen
Marine Fisheries Regulation Changes

October 23, 2007

The Department of Environmental Protection has recently implemented regulations that affect commercial and recreational fishermen.

Recreational measures were implemented that:

(1) Makes final the 5 fish creel limit for summer flounder implemented last spring by declaration.

(2) Reduces the creel limit for weakfish from 10 fish to 6 effective October 29, 2007.

(3) Makes final the closed season of September 6 through April 29 for summer flounder implemented last spring by declaration.

Commercial measures were implemented that:

(1) Clarifies the Departmentís existing role and practices related to lobster pot tag purchase authorizations for Lobster Management Areas (LMAs) other than LMA 2 or LMA 6

(2) Amends language limiting the number of lobster pots in a LMA 6 pot allocation that can convey in a license transfer to be consistent with the Connecticut General Statutes.

(3) Allows the Commissioner to authorize the transfer of Lobster Management Area 2 lobster pot allocations consistent with the provisions of the Lobster Fishery Management Plan.

(4) Extends indefinitely the requirement for the commercial fishery endorsement letters for summer flounder, scup and black sea bass.

(5) Makes final the changes in the commercial fishery possession limits for summer flounder implemented by declaration in early 2007 to address the reduction in the commercial quota.

(6) Eliminates the scup commercial license endorsement letter requirement from November 1 through April 30 when commercial scup landings are subject to a coastwide quota.

(7) Exempts commercial vessels that are landing quota-managed species under the Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) from commercial license endorsement letter requirements and from possession limits and closed seasons other than those specified by NMFS for the RSA program

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. (N07-28)

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. Bonnitto, ADA Coordinator, via e-mail: Marcia.Bonitto@po.state.ct.us