DEEP: Notice to Striped Bass Fishermen

Notice to Striped Bass Fishermen

May 1, 2012

Supply of Connecticut Bonus Striped Bass Vouchers Almost Exhausted

The department began distribution of the Bonus Striped Vouchers on April 10, 2012. Due to popularity of the program, the supply of Connecticut Bonus Striped Bass Vouchers is running low and many outlets have run out. Please refer to Bonus Striped Bass Fishing Program link on the DEEP web site: www.ct.gov/deep/saltwaterfishing  for information on which agency offices and parks still have vouchers available. Also, certain participating License Agents received a very limited number (40) of vouchers. Those vendors are also listed on the DEEP web page, but the department is not tracking the quantity they have on hand; please check with them directly.

Background

The bonus fishery was approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Striped Bass Management Board which oversees the conservation of the species throughout its range. Amendment 6 to the Striped Bass Fishery Management plan currently allocates a 23,750 pound commercial striped bass quota to Connecticut, which is being used in this program to provide this additional recreational fishing opportunity since commercial striped bass harvest is prohibited in this state. This unused commercial quota equates to 4,025 fish available for harvest under this program. The terms of the harvest plan approved by the ASFMC Striped Bass Management Board constrain the bonus program to that number of fish.

There are several objectives to the bonus fishery program. The first is to encourage angling in our major rivers for striped bass of a slot size that can be major predators on blueback herring (state listed as a Species of Special Concern in July 2010) and alewife. Both species have been under statewide closure since 2002 due to stock concerns. Anglers are also encouraged to use this program to introduce a friend, neighbor or child to fishing: "Share the Experience – Take Someone Fishing". The department is also interested in encouraging and enhancing urban and shore fishing opportunity which the bonus striper program is especially well suited for. Bass fishermen could also hold onto a voucher to use if an undersized fish intended for release is deep hooked or otherwise unlikely to survive.

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) 4234-3035, 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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