DEEP: Notice to Lobster and Conch Pot Fishermen

NOTICE TO LOBSTER AND CONCH POT FISHERMEN

August 28, 2012

Subject: Long Island Sound Trawl Survey – Fall 2012

Monthly trawl survey sites to be sampled during September and October 2012 from the research vessel John Dempsey have been posted on DEEP's website. Lines on the map give the direction and distance of each tow. For the exact start and end of each tow, please refer to the accompanying tables using the reference number for each tow printed on the map. The tables have the reference number, LORAN TD & Lat/Lon coordinates at the start and end of each tow, trawl survey site number, and description of the tow (for example: East-West Tow). Although the U.S. Coast Guard ceased broadcasting Loran TDs in February 2010, we continue to provide the historical TDs for each tow for the convenience of those more familiar with that coordinate system. However, TDs are approximate and should be used as a rough guide only. Tows are now conducted using the Latitude and Longitude coordinates.

This packet includes site maps and tables for the fall 2012 Long Island Sound Trawl Survey. This will be your only reminder for the September and October Surveys. Check the maps for each month to see the dates the trawl survey is scheduled to occur.

The Notice sent in April 2012 with the entire year’s sampling, along with the maps and tables, is posted on the DEEP website as a PDF document (go to www.ct.gov/dep/fishing and click on COMMERCIAL in the left column, then click the link for Monthly Trawl Survey Maps).

For this effort to be successful we need your cooperation by removing any gear you have within one-half micro second to either side of the survey line for the duration of each month’s survey. Provided gear is set in an orderly fashion, this space -- about 500 ft -- is an adequate width for towing the net used in our survey.

You can reach R/V John Dempsey at 860-490-3275 or on VHF CH 16 & 13 anytime the vessel is on the water. The crew can tell you at any time during the survey period what sites have been done and approximately when sites in a given area will be sampled. We hope this communication can minimize the amount of time your gear will have to be moved.

Again, we appreciate your cooperation.  Please contact David Simpson at the Marine Fisheries office in Old Lyme, CT if you have questions on the survey or the schedule for sampling in your area.

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 impariment 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.