DEEP: Declaration of Regulation Change

DEP Marine Fisheries News

Declaration of Regulation Change

April 7, 2011

Under authority of Sections 26-25 and 26-159a of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 26-159a-22 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection is authorized to establish or adjust, by declaration, closed seasons, length limits, creel limits, trip limits and trip limit adjustment values in order to meet the harvest level for efficient management and to comply with interstate fishery management plans adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).

In accordance with the aforementioned authority, the following changes in Department SPORT FISHING regulations will be effective during 2011:

BLACK SEA BASS
Minimum Size: 13 inches excluding the tendril (long filament on the tail).
Creel Limit: 25 fish.
Open Season: July 1 through Oct. 1 and Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, inclusive.

SCUP ON PARTY/CHARTER VESSELS
Minimum Size: 11 inches.
Creel Limit: 10 fish from June 8 through Sept 6, and
40 fish from Sept 7 through Oct 11.
Open Season: June 8 through October 11, inclusive.

SCUP ON PRIVATE VESSELS AND FROM SHORE
Minimum Size: 10.5 inches.
Creel Limit: 10 fish.
Open Season: May 24 through September 26, inclusive.

SUMMER FLOUNDER (except as noted below)
Minimum Size: 18.5 inches.
Creel Limit: 3 fish.
Open Season: May 15 through September 5, inclusive.

SUMMER FLOUNDER AT DESIGNATED SHORE-BASED FISHING SITES ONLY
Minimum Size: 17 inches.
Creel Limit: 1 fish.
Open Season: May 15 through September 5, inclusive.
Designated shore fishing sites are listed below.

Reminders:
WEAKFISH
Minimum Size: 16 inches.
Creel Limit: 1 fish.
Open Season: Year Round.

WINTER FLOUNDER
Minimum Size: 12 inches.
Creel Limit: 2 fish.
Open Season: April 1 through May 30.

Designated Summer Flounder Reduced Size Limit Fishing Access Sites. At these locations ONLY, a shore-based angler may possess not more than 1 fish at least 17 inches total length. Summer flounder taken by boat based fishing methods or at any shore fishing site NOT listed below must be at least 18.5 inches total length and up to 3 fish may be possessed per angler. Use the Coastal Access Guide link here or Visit our web site for site locations and descriptions.

County

City

Owner

See Coastal Access Guide

Fairfield

Bridgeport

City

Saint Mary's by the Sea

Fairfield

Bridgeport

City

Seaside Park

Fairfield

Fairfield

City

Ash Creek Open Space

Fairfield

Fairfield

City

Jennings Beach

Fairfield

Fairfield

City

Penfield Beach

Fairfield

Fairfield

City

Penfield Reef

Fairfield

Norwalk

City

Calf Pasture Beach

Fairfield

Norwalk

City

Maritime Aquarium Park

Fairfield

Stratford

City

Bond's Dock

Fairfield

Stratford

City

Long Beach

Fairfield

Stratford

City

Point-No-Point

Fairfield

Stratford

City

Russian Beach

Fairfield

Stratford

City

Short Beach Park

Fairfield

Westport

State

Sherwood Island State Park

Middlesex

Old Saybrook

State

South Cove Causeway

New Haven

Branford

City

Branford Point

New Haven

Guilford

City

Chaffinch Island Park

New Haven

Madison

State

Hammonasset Beach State Park

New Haven

Milford

Audubon

Connecticut Audubon
Coastal Center

New Haven

Milford

City

Gulf Beach

New Haven

Milford

State

Silver Sands State Park

New Haven

New Haven

City

Criscuolo Park

New Haven

New Haven

City

East Shore Park

New Haven

New Haven

City

Fort Nathan Hale Park

New Haven

West Haven

City

Bradley Point Park

New Haven

West Haven

City

Sandy Point

New Haven

West Haven

City

Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary

New London

East Lyme

City

Cini Memorial Park

New London

East Lyme

City

Hole-in-the-Wall Beach

New London

East Lyme

City

McCook Park

New London

East Lyme

State

Rocky Neck State Park

New London

Groton

City

Eastern Point Beach

New London

New London

City

City Pier and Waterfront Park

New London

Old Lyme

State

DEP Marine Headquarters-
Ferry Landing Park

New London

Stonington

City

Mystic River Park

New London

Stonington

State

Stonington Point

New London

Stonington

City

Stonington Town Dock Fishing
Pier and Memorial

New London

Waterford

State

Harkness Memorial State Park

New London

Waterford

State

Jordan Cove Water Access

New London

Waterford

City

Mago Point Park

New London

Waterford

City

Waterford Beach Park

These adjustments are being made in compliance with the requirements of the ASMFC Fishery Management Plans for these species. The black sea bass quota has not changed from 2010, but further restrictions were mandated to correct for excessive coastwide landings that occurred last year. The scup quota has increased substantially in 2011, averting the need for further restrictions due to excess harvest in 2010. The summer flounder quota increased by more than 25% in 2011. Coupled with two years of harvests under the target, this quota increase allows the department to relax the minimum size by 1 inch (from 19.5" to 18.5") and extend the open season through Labor Day (11 more days) in 2011. In addition, the department recognizes that shore anglers have been especially limited in harvesting summer flounder due to the large minimum sizes required over the last several years. Public comment received on summer flounder measures for 2011 supported allowing shore anglers a smaller minimum size to improve their chances of taking a legal fish. To balance the need for better shore angler access to this resource with law enforcement concerns about undersize fish at boat launches and marinas, the department developed a list of 42 designated fishing sites distributed broadly along the Connecticut coastline where shore anglers have the opportunity to harvest a fish as small as 17 inches. These designated sites include urban angler access sites and are generally removed from boat launches and marinas where boat based anglers would be expected to land the larger fish required in that mode. Shore fishing at boat launches, marinas, and at any other locations not listed above must still meet the 18.5 inch minimum size and up to 3 fish may be possessed. Designated sites will be posted as such with the 17 inch 1 fish limit identified. Tackle shops will also be provided with additional information on designated sites, to assist them in educating their customers about this new opportunity.

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.

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