DEEP: Notice to Commercial Black Sea Bass Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Black Sea Bass Fishermen

June 27, 2012

COMMERCIAL BLACK SEA BASS CLOSURE

Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, July 1, 2012 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass is reduced to zero pounds.

The Department estimates that 90% of the annual commercial black sea bass quota allocated to Connecticut for 2012 will be landed by July 1. State regulations require that the possession of black sea bass be prohibited once 90% of the quota has been landed before November 1. The fishery will reopen November 1 with a 200 pound trip limit in the trawl and fish pot fisheries and 50 pounds in the commercial hook, scallop dredge and gill net fisheries.

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 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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