DEEP: Commercial Summer Flounder Fishery Closure

Commercial Summer Flounder Fishery Closure

November 21, 2007

Effective 0001 hours Sunday, November 25, 2007 the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to zero pounds. No commercial license holder shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board summer flounder after this date for the remainder of 2007.

The DEP estimates that the annual commercial summer flounder quota allocated to Connecticut for 2007 will be landed by November 25. The summer flounder fishery management plan of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and State regulations require that landings be prohibited when the state quota has been landed.

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. (N07-31)

The DEP is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  In conformance with the ADA, individuals with disabilities who need information in a 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.