DEEP: Declaration of Fishery Closure

DEP Marine Fisheries News

Declaration of Fishery Closure

July 9, 2009

Under authority of Section 26-142a(d) of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection is authorized to order the emergency closure of any fishery if such closure is necessary to conform to regulations adopted under the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 (Public Law 94-265, as amended) or by other regional fisheries management authorities.

On June 26, 2009 both the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced the closure of the commercial Atlantic non-sandbar large coastal shark fishery following a projection that more than 80 percent of the 2009 annual quota will have been harvested by June 30, 2009. Under Section 4.3.4: Quota Specifications of the ASMFC Coastal Sharks Fishery Management Plan, states are required to close their commercial fisheries for non-sandbar large coastal sharks when federal waters are closed by NMFS.

In accordance with the aforementioned authority, the following commercial fishery closure will be effective July 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009:

No person shall possess or land any of the following large coastal shark species taken by any commercial fishing gear or for commercial purposes: silky, tiger, blacktip, spinner, bull, lemon, nurse, scalloped hammerhead, great hammerhead, smooth hammerhead.

For further information, contact the DEP Marine Fisheries Division by email: dep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov, 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.

In conformance with the ADA, individuals with disabilities who need this information in an alternative format to allow them to benefit and/or participate in the agency’s programs and services, should call 860.424.3051 or 860.418.5937 or e-mail Marcia Z. Bonitto, ADA Coordinator, at: Marcia.Bonitto@ct.gov. Requests for accommodations must be made at least two weeks prior to the program date.

(N09-17)