DEEP: Declaration of Regulation Change

Declaration of Regulation Change

December 17, 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 Summer Flounder will be effective on January 1, 2009.

Winter Period Commercial Fishery Possession Limits for Summer Flounder

    From January 1 through January 21, inclusive, the commercial fishery possession limit shall be 500 pounds.

    From January 22 through April 30, inclusive, the commercial fishery possession limit shall be 1,000 pounds until a total of 45% of the Connecticut quota specified in the summer flounder fishery management plan of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has been landed in Connecticut, at which time the limit shall be 50 pounds until a total of 50% of said quota has been landed, at which time the limit shall be zero pounds.

    During such time that the commercial fishery possession limit is 500 pounds or greater, no vessel shall possess or land summer flounder on more than two trips per weekly period that begins Sunday morning at 0000 hours and ends the following Saturday night at 2400 hours.

    Possession limits apply to the aggregate of all persons on board the vessel per trip or per day whichever is the longer period of time. Transfer of summer flounder between vessels at sea is prohibited.

Notification Procedure

The department requests that fishermen making trips while the summer flounder possession limit is 500 pound or greater inform the DEP EnCon Police dispatch at 860-424-3503 prior to the vesselís departure. Please be prepared to provide the vesselís name, and federal permit number, the captainís name, the departure date and time, the estimated return date and time, and expected port of landing.

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.

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) 442-3000 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.

(N08-34)