DEEP: Notice to Commercial Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Fishermen

December 21, 2011

COMMERCIAL TRIP LIMIT ADJUSTMENTS

The following possession limits are effective 0001 hours, Sunday, January 1, 2012.

Black Sea Bass:
Effective January 1, 2012 through April 30, 2012: In all fisheries except the lobster pot fishery: 200 pounds until 45% of the Connecticut annual quota has been landed, at which time the limit shall be 0 pounds. In the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters: 10 fish.

Summer Flounder:
Effective January 1, 2012 through April 30, 2012: 1,000 pounds until 45% of the Connecticut annual quota has been landed, at which time the limit shall be 100 pounds. When the possession limit is 1,000 pounds 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.

Scup:
Effective January 1, 2012 through April 30, 2012: 50,000 pounds until 80% of the Coastwide Winter 1 quota has been landed, at which time the limit shall be 1,000 pounds.

As a reminder, during the winter period black sea bass and summer flounder may only be landed by commercial fishermen whose fishing or landing license is endorsed for these species. Possession and landing limits apply per vessel regardless of how many license holders are onboard per trip or per day, whichever is the longer period of time. Transfer of these species at sea is prohibited.


For current commercial fishery trip limits see:

ct.gov/dep/lib/dep/fishing/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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