DEEP: Commercial Black Sea Bass Closure

DEP Marine Fisheries News

Commercial Black Sea Bass Closure

October 15, 2010

Effective 0001 hours Wednesday, October 20, 2010 the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass will be reduced to zero pounds for all gear types except lobster pots. No person shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board black sea bass while on Connecticut’s waters until November 1. The possession limit for lobster pots remains 10 fish.

The DEP estimates that 90% of the black sea bass quota allocated to Connecticut for 2010 will be landed by October 20. State regulations require that landings be prohibited once 90% of the quota has been reported landed prior to November 1.

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 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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