DEEP: Commercial and Recreational Tautog (Blackfish) Seasons

Commercial and Recreational Tautog (Blackfish) Seasons

August 28, 2008

The recreational tautog fishery will be closed from September 1, 2008 through September 30, inclusive. It will reopen on October 1, 2008.

The commercial tautog fishery will be closed from September 1, 2008 through October 14, 2008, inclusive. It will reopen on October 15, 2008.

Both the recreational and commercial fisheries for tautog will be closed from December 7 through December 31, 2008, inclusive.

On January 4, 2008 the Department of Environmental Protection implemented interim rules regarding the recreational and commercial harvest and possession of tautog. These rules included the seasonal closures above and were necessary to comply with mandatory provisions of the Tautog Fishery Management Plan (FMP) of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The department initiated formal rule making and held a public hearing on proposed permanent regulations on May 19, 2008. When it became apparent that the formal rule-making process would extend beyond the expiration date of the interim rules, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection closed Connecticut waters to tautog fishing for the above dates under authority of section 26-101 of the Connecticut General Statutes. This closure is necessary to maintain compliance with the FMP.

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. (N08-20)

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.