DEEP: Notice to Commercial Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Fishermen

August 24, 2011

CLOSURE

SPINY DOGFISH COMMERCIAL FISHERY CLOSURE

Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, September 1, 2011, the commercial spiny dogfish fishery for the northern states is closed. No license holder shall possess and no vessel shall have on board or land spiny dogfish in Connecticut after this date until May 1, 2012.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has determined that that the quota allocated to the northern states (Maine through Connecticut) will be harvested by September 1. State regulations and the ASMFC Fishery Management Plan for Spiny Dogfish require landings be prohibited once the allocated quota has been landed.

DEEP 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 DEEP 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 Energy and Environmental Protection is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and service provider. In conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, DEEP 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 860-424-3035 or e-mail the ADA Coordinator, at dep.aaoffice@ct.gov. Persons who are hearing impaired should call the State of Connecticut relay number 711.

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