DEEP: Notice to Commercial Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Fishermen

April 17, 2012

COMMERCIAL TRIP LIMIT ADJUSTMENT

Summer Flounder:

The Department estimates that 45% of the annual commercial summer flounder quota allocated to Connecticut for 2012 will be landed by April 21. State regulations require that the possession limit be reduced to 100 pounds once 45% of the quota has been reported landed during the winter period January 1 – April 30.

Therefore, effective 2359 hours, Saturday, April 21, 2012, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder is reduced to 100 pounds. No commercial license holder shall possess more than this amount while on Connecticut waters after this date, through April 30 regardless where the fish was caught. This possession limit applies to the aggregate of all persons on board the vessel per trip or per day whichever is the longer period.

Fishermen are reminded that the possession limit will change again at the beginning of the summer period on May 1. The summer period possession limit will be announced in another Notice to Commercial Fishermen prior to May 1.

For current commercial fishery trip limits see:

www.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 deep.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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