DEEP: Public Informational Meeting for Connecticut Lobstermen

DEP Marine Fisheries News

Public Informational Meeting for Connecticut Lobstermen

December 2, 2010

The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding an informational meeting on lobster management. At the ASMFC Annual Meeting in November, the Lobster Board received the lobster landing projections from the Technical Committee to assist in weighing alternatives for achieving both a 50% and 75% reduction in harvest relative to the 2007-2009 landings. These reduction levels were identified for the draft plan addendum approved for development earlier this year. The proposed moratorium option has not been removed from consideration and addenda always include a "no action" alternative. Options being considered include, but are not limited to: closed seasons, closed areas, trap reductions, minimum and maximum gauge changes, restrictions on female lobster harvest (up to a male only fishery), and quotas.

The meeting will be held at:

7:00 PM, Tuesday, December 21, 2010
DEP Marine Headquarters Education Center
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371

Take I-95 to Exit 70 to Route 156 south, turn right onto Ferry Road, follow to the end. The Education Center is located at the rear of the property.

There are no specific proposals at this time, but we are looking to get input on lobster management alternatives now that the data are in hand. The ASMFC timeline is unclear at this point, but we need to begin working as soon as possible to identify approaches that make the most sense from our state fishermen’s perspective. Other states will be doing the same before the Lobster Board gets back together again at the next full Commission meeting in March (or earlier if another special Board meeting is scheduled by the Commission similar to the July meeting in Warwick).

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. Requests for accommodations must be made at least two weeks prior to the program date.

(N10-27)