DEEP: Public Meeting Notice

Public Meeting Notice

RECREATIONAL FISHING MEASURES FOR 2012

The Department has scheduled Public Meetings to receive comment on alternatives to manage the 2012 recreational harvest limits for black sea bass, scup, summer flounder, and tautog. In addition, public comment will be taken on the 2012 Enhanced Shore Angler Opportunity Program and the Striped Bass Bonus Fishery Program.

Black sea bass, scup, summer flounder, and tautog are all managed cooperatively through the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and specific alternatives are subject to Commission review and approval. Some species may be managed on a regional basis, others at the state level pending decisions made at the Commission’s winter meeting in Alexandria, VA on February 8th.

Healthy black sea bass, scup and summer flounder stocks (all are at or above biomass targets) present expanded fishing opportunities this year. The tautog resource is considered to be experiencing overfishing, requiring a 53% reduction in harvest this year.

The Enhanced Shore Angler Opportunity and Striped Bass Bonus Fishery Programs are part of a broader Department effort to improve the quality of access to our Public Trust marine fisheries resources, especially in urban areas. Both programs rely on reduced size limit regulations to allow anglers young and old the opportunity to experience the joy and relaxation of outdoor recreation and the satisfaction of catching their own dinner. At the same time, the design of these programs assures that resource conservation objectives continue to be met.

COMMERCIAL TAUTOG FISHING MEASURES FOR 2012

Alternatives will be considered for the commercial fishery in concert with restrictions on the recreational fishery to satisfy the overall requirement to reduce exploitation on tautog by 53% in 2012.

Public Meeting Dates:

Thursday, February 16, 2012
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Marine Headquarters
Boating Education Center
333 Ferry Rd Old Lyme, CT

Saturday, February 18, 2012*
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Connecticut Convention Center
Ballroom - 6th floor
100 Columbus Blvd Hartford, CT

*Northeast Fishing and
Hunting Expo.
No Expo admission fee is required to attend the Hearing
.

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, DEP 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 860-424-3051 or 860-418-5937 or e-mail Marcia Bonitto, ADA Coordinator, at dep.aaoffice@ct.gov.  Persons who are hearing impaired should call the State of Connecticut relay number 711. Requests for accommodations must be made at least two weeks prior to the program date.

(N12-03)