DEEP: Commercial Scup Possession Limit Change

Commercial Scup Possession Limit Change

June 30, 2008

Effective 0001 hours Friday, July 4, 2008 the Connecticut possession limits for the commercial harvest of scup will be reduced to:

   In the trawl and fish pot fisheries: 50 pounds

   In the commercial hook and gill net fisheries: 25 pounds

   Lobster pot fishery: 10 fish (unchanged)

No person shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board more than these amounts while on Connecticut’s waters on or after this date. When fishing with more than one gear type during a trip, the higher trip limit prevails, except that when in possession of lobsters the limit is 10 fish. Gear-specific trip limits cannot be combined.

The DEP estimates that 40% of the "Summer Period" commercial scup quota allocated to Connecticut for 2008 will be landed by July 4. State regulations require that the possession limits be reduced once 40% of the quota has been reported 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.  (N08-17)

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.