DEEP: Commercial Trip Limit Adjustments

Commercial Trip Limit Adjustments

October 7, 2011

Scup

Effective immediately the possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup is increased to 2,000 pounds for all gear types except lobster pots. The possession limit for lobster pots remains unchanged at 10 fish. No commercial license holder shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board more than these amounts while on Connecticut waters.

State regulations (RCSA 26-159a-15(c)) provide that if on or after October 1, the summer period scup quota is projected not to be landed, the possession limit is to be adjusted for all gear types, with the exception of lobster pots, such that the expected number of trips the fleet will make in October will allow for full utilization of Connecticut’s summer period commercial quota.

Bluefish

Effective immediately the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish is increased from 500 to 1,000 pounds. No commercial license holder shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board more than this amount while on Connecticut waters.

State regulations (RCSA 26-159a-9(d)) provide for the commercial possession limit for bluefish to increase to 1,000 pounds if less than 80% of Connecticut’s commercial bluefish quota has been reported landed by October 1.

Black Sea Bass

Effective immediately the possession limits for the commercial harvest of black sea bass are:

1) in the bottom trawl and fish pot fisheries, 200 pounds;

2) in the commercial hook, pound net, scallop dredge and gill net fisheries, 50 pounds;

3) in the lobster pot fishery remains unchanged at 10 fish.

After reexamination of the commercial black sea bass quota and landings, the Department has determined that less than 90% of the commercial quota has been landed and a reopening of the black sea bass fishery is warranted.

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.

Rev 06/2011