DEEP: Notice to Commercial Black Sea Bass Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Black Sea Bass Fishermen

September 9, 2011

ADJUSTMENT

BLACK SEA BASS COMMERCIAL FISHERY POSSESSION LIMIT

Effective 0001 hours, Monday, September 12, 2011 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass is reduced to zero pounds.

Black Sea Bass Quota Status: As of September 9, 2011: 89% of the annual quota has been harvested. Current black sea bass management measures provide that once 90% of the commercial quota is harvested, the possession limit shall be 0 pounds until November 1 when the fishery will reopen at 200 pounds in the trawl and fish pot fisheries and 50 pounds in the commercial hook, pound net, scallop dredge and gill net fisheries.

The Department 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 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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