DEEP: Declaration of Regulation Change

DEP Marine Fisheries News

Declaration of Regulation Change

September 23, 2010

COMMERCIAL FISHING FOR PORBEAGLE SHARK (NEW)

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 fishery closure will be effective September 25, 2010 and will remain in effect until further notice.

1) No person shall possess or land porbeagle shark taken by commercial fishing gear or for commercial purposes.

SCUP COMMERCIAL FISHERY POSSESSION AND LANDING LIMITS (RCSA Sec. 26-159a-15(c)).

Under the authority of 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 or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

In accordance with the aforementioned authority, Section 26-159a-15(c)(1)(B) is modified as follows effective November 1, 2010.

Between November 1 and December 31, inclusive, the possession limit shall be 2,000 pounds until 100% of said coastwide scup quota has been landed, at which time the limit shall be zero pounds.

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.

The Department of Environmental Protection is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and service provider. In conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, DEP makes every effort to provide equally effective services for persons with disabilities. 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 Bonitto, ADA Coordinator, at Marcia.Bonitto@ct.gov. Persons who are hearing impaired should call the State of Connecticut relay number 711.

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