DEEP: Commercial Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Possession Limit Changes

DEP Marine Fisheries News

Commercial Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Possession Limit Changes

November 10, 2009

Effective 0001 hours Saturday, November 14, 2009 the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to 75 pounds. No person shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board more than this amount while on Connecticut’s waters after this date.

The DEP estimates that 97% of the summer flounder quota allocated to Connecticut for 2009 will be landed by November 14. State regulations require that landings be reduced once 97% of the quota has been reported landed.

Effective 0001 hours Saturday, November 14, 2009 the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass will be reduced to zero pounds for all gear types. No person shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board black sea bass while on Connecticut’s waters for the remainder of 2009.

The DEP estimates that 100% of the black sea bass quota allocated to Connecticut for 2009 will be landed by November 14. State regulations require that landings be prohibited once 100% of the quota has been reported landed.

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 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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(N09-28)