DEEP: Notice to Commercial Bluefish Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Bluefish Fishermen

September 27, 2012

ADJUSTMENT

BLUEFISH COMMERCIAL FISHERY POSSESSION LIMIT

Effective 0001 hours, Monday, October 1, 2012 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish is increased to 1,000 pounds.

Bluefish Quota Status: As of September 19, 2012: 39% of the annual quota has been harvested.

By regulation, if less than 80% of the annual bluefish quota has been landed by October 1, the possession limit shall be increased to 1,000 pounds until a total of 95% of the annual quota has been landed, at which time the possession limit will be reduced to 100 pounds.

The Department monitors landings and adjusts trip limits according to Department regulations in an attempt to fully utilize the available quota and 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) 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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