DEEP: Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen

DEP Marine Fisheries News

Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen

November 12, 2010

ADJUSTMENT

SUMMER FLOUNDER COMMERCIAL FISHERY POSSESSION LIMITS

Effective 0001 hours, Saturday, November 13, 2010, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder is increased to 1,000 pounds.

Summer Flounder Quota Status: As of November 10, 2010: 83.5% of the annual quota has been harvested.

State regulations (RCSA 26-159a-10(c)) provide that if on or after October 1, the summer flounder quota is projected not to be landed, the possession limit is to be adjusted, such that the expected number of trips the fleet will make will allow for full utilization of Connecticut’s commercial quota.

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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