DEEP: Quota Managed species Meeting Notice

Quota Managed Species Meeting Notice

February 1, 2012

A meeting of seafood dealers and commercial fishermen holding quota managed species endorsement letters has been scheduled for February 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm at Marine Headquarters, Boating Education Center (rear building). The purpose of this meeting is to receive input on strategies to manage the 2012 commercial quotas for summer flounder, scup and black sea bass to share access equitably among endorsement letter holders by season, optimize economic returns (time landings for best prices), and to prevent fishery closures that could lead to discarding fish. No major shifts in management strategy with significant allocation implications will be considered at this meeting. Such actions require full regulatory amendments or statutory changes.

NOAA Fisheries has published the Interim Rule setting 2012 quotas upon which Connecticut’s quotas are based. The Connecticut summer period (May-Oct) scup quota is 342,819 lb (187,826 in 2011), summer flounder is 287,320 lbs (392,171 lb in 2011) and black sea bass is 17,100 lb (17,586 in 2011).

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.

(N12-05)