DEEP: Commercial Scup Possession Limit Change

Commercial Scup Possession Limit Change

March 19, 2009

Effective 0001 hours on Thursday, March 19, 2009, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup is reduced to 1,000 pounds. No commercial license holder shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board more than this amount after this date.

The National Marine Fisheries Service has estimated that 80% of the ‘Winter I’ period coast-wide quota for scup has been harvested. The joint scup fishery management plan of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, as well as Connecticut regulations, require that the possession limit be reduced from 30,000 pounds per two week period to 1,000 pounds per day or per trip whichever is the longer period of time, once 80% of the ‘Winter I’ period quota has been reported landed.

The scup ‘Summer’ period will begin May 1 at which time the commercial trip limits will be:

In the bottom trawl and fish pot fisheries – 50 pounds

In the commercial hook and gill net fisheries – 25 pounds

In the lobster pot fishery – 10 fish

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) 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.

(N09-04)