DEEP: Public Meeting Notice

Public Meeting Notice

March 14, 2012

COMMERCIAL TAUTOG FISHING MEASURES FOR 2012

The Department has scheduled a third Public Meeting to receive comment on alternatives to manage the 2012 commercial harvest limit for tautog. Although comment has already been received on this subject, both at hearing and in written comment, the number of comments was fewer than expected and an additional comment opportunity is being offered. Tautog are managed cooperatively through the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and specific alternatives are subject to Commission review and approval.

Public Meeting Date:
Thursday, March 22, 2012
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marine Headquarters
Boating Education Center
333 Ferry Rd, Old Lyme, CT

ADJUSTMENT TO REQUIRED REDUCTION ON TAUTOG MORTALITY

The tautog resource is considered to be overfished (low stock abundance) and currently experiencing overfishing (exploitation rate exceeds the target established in the fishery management plan), requiring a 37% reduction in harvest this year. The 37% reduction is a new figure. Previously, the expected required reduction in both commercial and recreational fisheries was 53%. An error in the coast wide stock assessment has since been identified and corrected, resulting in the new lower required reduction in exploitation. This adjustment in target reduction was incorporated into the recreational measures considered and ultimately adopted for 2012 based on extensive public input received at the two previous hearings and subsequent two week comment period. Recreational measures for all species were posted March 14.

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.

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