DEEP: Commercial Fishing Possession and Landing Limit Adjustment

Commercial Fishing Possession and Landing Limit Adjustments

October 19, 2009

Summer Flounder: effective 0001 hours, Sunday, November 1, 2009, the summer flounder possession and landing limit will be 500 pounds.

As of October 14, 2009, reported landings total 213,403 pounds or 88% of the annual Connecticut commercial quota. Regulations specify a 500 pound trip limit effective November 1 until 97% of the annual quota is projected to be caught. At that time the trip limit will be reduced to 75 pounds. The fishery will close when 100% of the quota is projected to be harvested.

Scup: the possession and landing limit will remain zero pounds for all gear types through October 31. Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, November 1, the limit will be 2,000 pounds.

The Department estimates that the entire summer period scup quota allocated to Connecticut has been landed. State regulations require that landings be prohibited once 100% of the summer (May through October) quota has been landed. Effective November 1, Federal and State regulations specify a 2,000 pound possession limit for the coast-wide Winter 2 period (November and December). The fishery will close when 100% of the coast-wide quota is projected to be harvested.

Black Sea Bass: the possession and landing limit will remain 200 pounds in otter trawl and fish pot fisheries, 50 pounds in all other gears except lobster traps, 10 fish in the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters.

As of October 14, 2009, reported landings total 8,337 pounds or 76% of the annual Connecticut quota. The fishery will close when 100% of the quota is projected to be harvested.

Bluefish: the possession and landing limit will remain 1,000 pounds.

As of October 14, 2009, reported landings total 14,814 pounds or 12% of the annual Connecticut commercial quota. The fishery will close when 100% of the quota is projected to be harvested.

Winter flounder: reminder, federal fisheries regulations prohibit possession and landing of winter flounder from the southern New England/mid-Atlantic stock area for federal multispecies permit holders.

Effective November 1, 2009, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) winter flounder fishery management plan mandates states implement a maximum 50 pound or 38 fish possession and landing limit for state permit holders.

The Department intends to comply with this ASMFC requirement on, or as close as possible to, November 1, 2009. The DEP monitors landings and adjusts trip limits according to Department regulations in an attempt to provide fishing opportunity throughout the year for all participants in the commercial fishery. In addition, the Department strives to provide advance notification of trip limit changes, although this may not always be possible due to rapidly escalating or unanticipated landings. In such circumstances, only a short notification period may be possible.

For further information, contact the DEP Marine Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371 by email: dep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov 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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(N09-26)