DEEP: Declaration of Regulation Change

Declaration of Regulation Change

June 23, 2008

Under authority of Section 26-159a of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 26-159a-22 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection is authorized to establish or adjust, by declaration, closed seasons, length limits, creel limits, trip limits and trip limit adjustment values in order to comply with interstate fishery management plans adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Such changes are implemented after a 10-day notice period.

In accordance with the aforementioned authority, the following regulations concerning American lobster will be effective on July 3, 2008.

Lobster maximum size

No person shall buy, sell, give away, offer for sale or possess, any lobster with a carapace length greater than 5-1/4 inches, except that a person may possess a lobster with a carapace length greater than 5-1/4 inches provided:

(A) such lobsters are not taken from LMA 6 (Long Island Sound) waters; and

(B) such lobsters are not greater than the maximum legal length in effect for the waters of the LMA or nation of origin; and

(C) any vessel used by said person to land such lobsters shall have a valid federal limited access American lobster permit issued pursuant to 50 CFR 697.4; and

(D) any seafood dealer, wholesaler or shipper in possession of such lobsters possesses a manifest, bill of lading, invoice, purchase order, seafood dealer report or other written documentation identifying the vessel or state of origin, lobster management area or nation of origin, as applicable, where such lobsters were received, the number of such lobsters received that are greater than 5-1/4 inches carapace length and the date such lobsters were received. The seafood dealer, wholesaler or shipper shall retain such documentation for a period of six months from the date such lobsters were received and shall be made available to law enforcement officers upon request.

American lobsters are managed under the American Lobster Fishery Management Plan (FMP) of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Addendum XI to Amendment 3 of that FMP requires that, by July 1, 2008, states implement a 5- inch carapace (body shell) length maximum size for Lobster Management Areas 2,4,5, and 6 including the waters of Long Island Sound.

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.  (N08-15)

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.