DEEP: Meeting to Discuss 2009 Commercial Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Quotas

 

Meeting to Discuss 2009 Commercial Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Quotas

December 7, 2009

The Marine Fisheries Division is hosting an informal meeting of summer flounder, scup and black sea bass endorsement letter holders and seafood dealers to discuss 2009 trip limits with regard to strategies to best manage Connecticut’s commercial allocations of these species in the coming year.

As you may know, the summer flounder fishery in Connecticut has remained open into December this year. We fully expect that the remaining quota will be fully utilized before year’s end. We also anticipate that the 2010 summer flounder quota will increase by around 18%.

Connecticut’s 2009 summer period scup fishery closed September 19. Preliminary landings do not indicate any significant overage, and the 2010 summer period quota is expected to increase by around 45%.

As the result of a reduction in an already small state quota for black sea bass and an unexpected dramatic increase in landings in the fall, Connecticut significantly exceeded its 2009 black sea bass quota. It will be particularly important to discuss options for managing this quota in the coming year.

The meeting will be held at:

4:30 PM, Monday, December 14, 2009
DEP Marine Headquarters
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371
I-95, Exit 70, Route 156 south to Ferry Road
in the Education Center located at the rear of the property

For further information, contact the DEP Marine Fisheries Division by email: dep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov, PO 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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(N09-31)