DEEP: Declaration of Regulation Change

DEP Marine Fisheries News

Declaration of Regulation Change

February 1, 2010

Under authority of Section 26-142a(d) of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection is authorized to order the emergency closure of any fishery if such closure is necessary to conform to regulations adopted under the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 (Public Law 94-265, as amended) or by other regional fisheries management authorities.

In accordance with the aforementioned authority, the following commercial fishery closure will be effective February 1, 2010 and will remain in effect until further notice.

Commercial Fishing for Small Coastal Sharks

No person shall possess or land any of the following small coastal shark species taken by any commercial fishing gear or for commercial purposes: Atlantic sharpnose, finetooth, blacknose, and bonnethead sharks.

For further information, contact the DEP Marine Fisheries Division by email at dep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov, by mail at 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.

In conformance with the ADA, individuals with disabilities who need this 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 or e-mail Marcia Z. Bonitto, ADA Coordinator, at: Marcia.Bonitto@ct.gov. Requests for accommodations must be made at least two weeks prior to the program date.

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