DEEP: Commercial Fisheries Possession Limit Adjustment and Reminders on Quota Managed Species

DEP Marine Fisheries News

Commercial Fisheries Possession Limit Adjustment and Reminders on Quota Managed Species

September 23, 2010

ADJUSTMENT

BLUEFISH

Effective 0001 hours, Friday, October 1, 2010, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish is increased from 500 to 1,000 pounds. No commercial license holder shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board more than this amount while on Connecticut waters.

State regulations allow for the commercial possession limit for bluefish to increase to 1,000 pounds if less than 80% of Connecticut’s commercial quota for bluefish has been reported landed by October 1.

REMINDERS

BLACK SEA BASS COMMERCIAL FISHERY POSSESSION LIMITS (RCSA Sec. 26-159a-16(c)).
Effective August 29 to October 31, inclusive:

1) in the bottom trawl and fish pot fisheries, 300 pounds until 90% of the Connecticut quota specified in the plan has been landed, at which time the limit shall be zero pounds;

2) in the commercial hook, pound net, scallop dredge and gill net fisheries, 75 pounds until 90% of the Connecticut quota specified in the plan has been landed, at which time the limit shall be zero pounds;

3) in the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters, 10 fish.

BLACK SEA BASS COMMERCIAL FISHERY POSSESSION LIMITS (RCSA Sec. 26-159a-16(c)).
Effective November 1 to December 31 inclusive:

1) in the bottom trawl and fish pot fisheries, 300 pounds until 100% of the Connecticut quota specified in the plan has been landed, at which time the limit shall be zero pounds;

2) in the commercial hook, pound net, scallop dredge and gill net fisheries, 75 pounds until 100% of the Connecticut quota specified in the plan has been landed, at which time the limit shall be zero pounds;

3) in the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters, 10 fish.

Black Sea Bass Quota Status: As of September 18, 2010: 68% of the quota has been harvested.

SCUP COMMERCIAL FISHERY POSSESSION LIMITS (RCSA Sec. 26-159a-15(c)).
Effective September 1 to September 21 inclusive, and October 1 to October 31 inclusive:

a) in the commercial hook, pound net and gillnet fisheries, the possession limit shall be 50 pounds;

b) in the bottom trawl and fish pot fisheries, the possession limit shall be 100 pounds;

c) in the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters, the possession limit shall be 10 fish;

d) when 100% of the Connecticut quota is landed the possession limit shall be zero pounds for all gear types.

Effective September 22 to September 30 inclusive, possession of scup is prohibited.

Scup Quota Status: As of September 18, 2010: 64% of the summer period (May 1 – Oct 31) quota has been harvested.

SUMMER FLOUNDER COMMERCIAL FISHERY POSSESSION LIMITS (RCSA Sec. 26-159a-10).
Effective August 29 to October 31 inclusive, 125 pounds until a total of 95% of the Connecticut quota specified in the plan has been landed in Connecticut, at which time the limit shall be zero pounds.

Effective November 1 to December 31 inclusive: 500 pounds, except that no vessel shall possess or land summer flounder on more than two trips per weekly period that begins Sunday morning at 0000 hours and ends the following Saturday night at 2400 hours.

Summer Flounder Quota Status: As of September 18, 2010: 77% of the annual quota has been harvested.

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, 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 email 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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