DEEP: Declaration of Regulation Change

Declaration of Regulation Change

October 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 (ASMFC) or the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC).

In accordance with the aforementioned authority, the following Departmental regulations will be effective November 1, 2009.

Sport Fishing - Winter Flounder
Minimum length: will remain unchanged at 12 inches total length.
Daily Creel Limit: 2 fish.
Open Season: will remain unchanged: April 1 through May 30.

Commercial Fishing - Winter Flounder
Trip limit: 50 pounds or 38 fish, except that a federally permitted vessel fishing exclusively outside the SNE/MA stock area and while in Connecticut waters having their fishing gear stowed such that it is not available for immediate use may possess and land more than 50 pounds or 38 fish. Transfer of winter flounder between vessels at sea is prohibited.

Definitions for the purposes of this regulation:

"Trip limit" means a possession and landing limit per day or per trip whichever is the longer period of time.

"SNE/MA stock area" means the state and federal waters of Southern New England and the mid-Atlantic bounded by the points identified below.

"Not available for immediate use" means fishing gear that is shown not to have been in recent se and that is stowed in conformance with one of the following methods:

A) The net is stored below the main working deck from which it is deployed and retrieved; the towing wires, including the leg wires, are detached from the net; and the net is fan-folded (flaked) and bound around its circumference or;

B) The net is stored on deck and it is fan-folded (flaked) and bound around its circumference and securely fastened to the deck or rail of the vessel; and the towing wires, including the leg wires, are detached from the net or;

C) The net is on a reel, its entire surface is covered with canvas or other similar opaque material, and the canvas or other material is securely bound and the towing wires are detached from the net and the codend is removed and stored below deck.

Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic Winter Flounder Stock Area

Point

N. Lat.

W. Long.

SNEW1

(1)

7000'

SNEW1

4220'

6850'

SNEW4

3950'

6850'

SNEW2

4220'

7000'

SNEW5

3950'

7140'

SNEW6

3900'

7140'

SNEW7

3900'

7000'

SNEW8

3500'

7000'

SNEW9

3500'

(2)

(1) Intersection of the north-facing Coastline of Cape Cod, MA, and 7000' W. Long.

(2) The intersection of the east-facing coastline of Outer Banks, NC, and 3500' N. Lat.

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.

(N09-27)