DEEP: Commercial Summer Flounder Possession Limit Change

Commercial Summer Flounder Possession Limit Change

April 17, 2008

Effective 0001 hours Monday, April 21, 2008 the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to 50 pounds. No commercial license holder shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board more than this amount after this date until May 1 at which time the limit shall be 75 pounds.

The DEP estimates that 45% of the annual commercial summer flounder quota allocated to Connecticut for 2008 will be landed by April 21st. State regulations require that the possession limit be reduced to 50 pounds once 45% of the quota has been reported landed during the period January 22nd through April 30th.

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.  (N08-12)

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@ct.gov.