DEEP: Notice to Commercial Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Fishermen

April 19, 2012

SUMMER COMMERCIAL POSSESSION LIMITS

Winter flounder
Reminder: The possession limit is 50 pounds or 38 fish.

Summer flounder
Effective May 1: 150 pounds.

Scup (porgy)
Between May 1 and May 31:
In the pound net and gillnet fisheries, the possession limit is 500 pounds until 70% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit is zero pounds;
In the commercial hook, bottom trawl and fish pot fisheries, the possession limit is 1,000 pounds until 70% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be zero pounds;
In the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters, the possession limit is 10 fish.

Between June 1 and August 31:
In the pound net and gillnet fisheries, the possession limit is 500 until 70% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be 100 pounds;
In the commercial hook, bottom trawl and fish pot fisheries, the possession limit will be 1,000 pounds until 70% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be 200 pounds;
In the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters, the possession limit is 10 fish.

Between September 1 and October 31:
In the pound net and gillnet fisheries, the possession limit will be 500 pounds until 90% of the quota has been landed, at which time the possession limit will be 100 pounds;
In the commercial hook, bottom trawl and fish pot fisheries, the possession limit will be 1,000 pounds until 90% of the quota has been landed, at which time the possession limit will be 200 pounds;
In the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters, the possession limit will be 10 fish.

Black sea bass
Through May 31:
In the commercial trawl fishery, 200 pounds until 45% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be zero pounds;
In the fish pot fishery, 200 pounds until 45% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be zero pounds;
In the commercial hook, pound net, scallop dredge and gill net fisheries, 50 pounds until 45% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be zero pounds;
In the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters, 10 fish.

Between June 1 and October 31:
In the bottom trawl and fish pot fisheries, 200 pounds until 90% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be zero pounds;
In the commercial hook, pound net, scallop dredge and gill net fisheries, 50 pounds until 90% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be zero pounds;
In the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters, 10 fish.

Spiny dogfish
Effective May 1: 3,000 pounds.

Smooth dogfish
Reminder: smooth dogfish possession is prohibited.

Weakfish
Reminder: the possession limit is 100 pounds.

All of the possession limits listed above apply to the aggregate of all persons on board the vessel per trip or per day whichever is the longer period of time. Transfer of these species between vessels at sea is prohibited.

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 PO 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 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any person with a disability who may need information in an alternative format may contact the agency's ADA Coordinator at 860-424-3194, or at deep.hrmed@ct.gov. Any person with limited proficiency in English, who may need information in another language, may contact the agency's Title VI Coordinator at (860) 424-3035, or at deep.aaoffice@ct.gov. Any person with a hearing impairment may call the State of Connecticut relay number - 711. Discrimination complaints may be filed with DEEP's Title VI Coordinator. Requests for accommodations must be made at least two weeks prior to any agency hearing, program or event.

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