DEEP: Long Island Sound Trawl Survey - Spring and Fall 2011

DEP Marine Fisheries News

Long Island Sound Trawl Survey – Spring and Fall 2011

April 4, 2011

Monthly Trawl Survey Maps (pdf 857 kb) showing the locations of CT DEP monthly trawl survey sites to be sampled during 2011 from the research vessel John Dempsey have been posted on the DEP’s website; alternatively go to www.ct.gov/dep/fishing and click on COMMERCIAL in the left column, then click the link for Monthly Trawl Survey Maps. Lines on the map give the approximate location each tow. For the exact start and end of each tow, please refer to the accompanying tables using the reference number for each tow printed on the map. The tables have the reference number, LORAN TD & Lat/Lon coordinates at the start and end of each tow, trawl survey site number, and description of the tow (for example: East-West Tow). Although the U.S. Coast Guard has ceased broadcasting Loran TDs as of February 2010, we will continue to provide the historical TDs for each tow for the convenience of those more familiar with that coordinate system. However, TDs are approximate and should be used as a rough guide only. Tows are now conducted using the Latitude and Longitude coordinates.

We are providing this information in order to avoid accidental disturbance of your gear and to maintain the integrity of our survey so that we can continue to provide the best possible monitoring of the Sound’s fishery resources. For this effort to be successful we need your cooperation by removing any gear you have within one-half micro second to either side of the survey line for the duration of each month’s survey. Provided gear is set in an orderly fashion, this space -- about 500 ft -- is an adequate width for towing the relatively small net used in the survey.

Your cooperation in providing a clear path for sampling is greatly appreciated. This survey continues to provide needed information for assessments of Long Island Sound fish and lobster resources.

Each month, the survey is expected to begin in the east and progress westward. It generally takes 10-12 days of good weather (each month) to complete the survey. You can reach R/V John Dempsey at 860-490-3275 or on VHF CH 16 & 13 anytime the vessel is on the water. The crew can tell you at any time during the survey period what sites have been done and approximately when sites in a given area will be sampled. We hope this communication can minimize the amount of time your gear will have to be moved.

Again, we appreciate your cooperation. For further information, contact David Simpson at the DEP Marine Fisheries Division by email at dep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov, by mail at PO 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.

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