DEEP: Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen

December 2, 2011

ADJUSTMENT

SUMMER FLOUNDER COMMERCIAL FISHERY POSSESSION LIMITS

Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, December 4, 2011 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder is increased to 1,500 pounds twice per week.

Summer Flounder Quota Status: As of December 1, 2011: 90% of the annual quota has been harvested, approximately 38,000 pounds remain.

State regulations (RCSA 26-159a-10) provide that if on or after October 1, the summer flounder quota is projected not to be landed, the possession limit is to be adjusted, such that the expected number of trips the fleet will make will allow for full utilization of Connecticutís commercial quota. When the possession limit is 1,500 pounds or greater, no commercial vessel shall possess or land summer flounder on more than two trips per weekly period that begins Sunday morning at 0000 hours and ends the following Saturday night at 2400 hours.

Notification Procedure Reminder

State regulations require that fishermen making trips while the summer flounder possession limit is 1,500 pound or greater inform the DEP EnCon Police dispatch at 860-424-3503 prior to the vesselís departure. Please be prepared to provide the vesselís name, and federal permit number, the captainís name, the departure date and time, the estimated return date and time, and expected port of landing.

The DEP 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 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 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 agencyís 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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