DEEP: Meeting to Discuss 2009 Commercial Summer Flounder and Scup Quotas

Meeting to Discuss 2009 Commercial
Summer Flounder and Scup Quotas

November 14, 2008

The Marine Fisheries Division is hosting an informal meeting of summer flounder and scup endorsement letter holders and seafood dealers to discuss 2009 trip limits with regard to strategies to best manage Connecticut’s commercial allocations of these two species in the coming year.

As you may know, the summer flounder fishery in Connecticut has remained open into November this year. We fully expect that the remaining quota will be fully utilized before year’s end. We also anticipate the 2009 summer flounder quota will increase modestly - about 15% - in 2009.

Connecticut’s 2008 summer period scup fishery closed September 13th in response to a rapid pulse of landings that began as soon as the fishery reopened September 1st.  Despite this abrupt closure, cumulative landings exceeded the annual quota by some 30%. The 2009 coastwide allocation is expected to be similar to 2008 before any overage is deducted. We are currently working with other states in an attempt to mitigate this overage through quota transfers. Clearly, it will be important to discuss options for managing this quota in the coming year. 

The meeting will be held at:

2:00 PM, Tuesday, November 25, 2008
DEP Marine Headquarters
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371
I-95, Exit 70, Route 156 south to Ferry Road
in the Education Center located at the rear of the property

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.

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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.

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