DEEP: Declaration of Regulation Change

Declaration of Regulation Change

August 26, 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 (ASMFC) or the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). 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 3, 2009.

September 3 December 31 Period Commercial Fishery Possession Limits for Spiny Dogfish

From September 3 through December 31 the commercial fishery possession limit for spiny dogfish shall be 3,000 pounds until either:

   a. 100% of the northern region (Maine through Connecticut) quota specified in the ASMFC Fishery Management Plan for Spiny Dogfish has been landed, or

   b. 100% of the summer period (May 1 October 31) quota or 100% of the winter period (November 1 April 30) as appropriate and as specified by the DOC for spiny dogfish has been landed.

At such time that 100% of either the ASMFC or DOC quota has been landed the possession of spiny dogfish is prohibited.

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 spiny dogfish 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.

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(N09-21)