DEEP: Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen

December 7, 2012

Trip Limit Change

Effective 0001 hours, Saturday, December 8, 2012 the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder is increased to 200 pounds.

On December 5, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) discovered an error in the commercial summer flounder quota specified for 2012. The 3-percent Research Set Aside was inadvertently subtracted twice from the overall quota. NMFS notified all affected state Marine Fisheries offices yesterday, immediately upon confirming the error.

The 3% adjustment amounts to 9,170 pounds in additional quota for Connecticut. Coupled with the 6,000 pounds of quota received in transfer from the state of Maine, our landings to date (284,597 lb as of 12/1) are 94% of the adjusted allocation. By declaration, when landings are below 97% of the commercial quota; the trip limit is increased to 200 pounds until 97% of the quota has been landed at which time the limit will again be reduced to 75 pounds.

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 dep.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.

(N12-37)