DEEP: Notice to Commercial Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Fishermen

October 28, 2011

COMMERCIAL TRIP LIMIT ADJUSTMENTS

Black Sea Bass Closure:
Effective 0001 hours, Tuesday, November 1, 2011, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass is reduced to zero pounds. The entire annual quota for black sea bass is projected to be harvested by November 1.

Summer Flounder:
Effective 0001 hours, Tuesday, November 1, 2011, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder is 1,000 pounds per week (Sunday through Saturday). Marine Fisheries projects 13% of the annual quota will be available on November 1.

Scup:
Effective 0001 hours, Tuesday, November 1, 2011, state management of scup ends and coastwide management resumes. The coastwide possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup is 8,000 pounds for all gear types.

For current commercial fishery trip limits see:
commercial/connecticut_commercial_trip_limits.pdf

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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