DEEP: Declaration of Regulation Change

Declaration of Regulation Change

August 21, 2009

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 or the U.S. Department of Commerce. Trip limit, for the purposes of this regulation, means a possession limit.

In accordance with the aforementioned authority, the following changes in Department regulations will be effective on September 1, 2009.

September 1 October 31 Period Commercial Fishery Possession Limits for Scup

No holder of any commercial fishing or landing license or registration permitted to take scup from the waters of this state or to land scup in Connecticut, regardless of where such fish are taken, shall possess or land scup in excess of the following possession or landing limits, respectively, that are based on Connecticuts scup quota as specified in the Scup Fishery Management Plan of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, herein referred to as "the plan":

Between September 1 and September 18 and between October 1 and October 31:

a) in the commercial hook, pound net and gillnet fisheries, the possession limit shall be 50;

b) in the bottom trawl and fish pot fisheries, the possession limit shall be 100 pounds;

c) in the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters, the possession limit shall be 10 fish.

d) when 100% of the Connecticut quota is landed the possession limit shall be zero pounds for all gear types.

Between September 19 and September 30 inclusive, the possession of scup is prohibited. It is anticipated that 100% of the Connecticut quota will be landed by September 18 and that the fishery will not reopen in October. If however, some quota remains after September 18, the fishery will reopen in October until 100% of the quota has been reported landed.

The possession and landing limits specified shall apply to the vessel, regardless of how many persons are on board. Possession limits shall apply per trip or per day, whichever is the longer period of time. No person shall transfer scup between vessels at sea.

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.

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 (860) 424-3051 or (860) 418-5937 and make their request to the AAO staff person.  Requests for accommodations to attend meetings and/or educational programs, sponsored by the DEP, must be made at least two weeks prior to the program date.

(N09-20)