DEEP: Notice to Commercial Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Fishermen

December 21, 2012

Possession Limits for Quota Managed Species Effective January 1, 2013

Bluefish: 750 LBS;
Summer Flounder: 1,200 LBS per week, Call-in required*;
Scup: 50,000 LBS;
Black Sea Bass: 100 LBS (trawl, fish pot), 50 LBS (other gears), 10 fish (lobster pot);
Spiny Dogfish: 3,000 LBS.

Reminders:
Winter Flounder: 50 LBS or 38 Fish;
Weakfish: 100 LBS.

*To facilitate management and enforcement of the weekly landing limit vessel operators fishing for summer flounder must call DEEP (860-424-3503) (anytime 24/7) prior to departure and again prior to offloading.

Prior to departure on a summer flounder trip provide: 1) vessel name, 2) captainís name, 3) date of departure and 4) anticipated return date, and 5) anticipated port of landing.

Prior to offloading summer flounder, the vessel operator must call the number above and provide: 1) vessel name, 2) captainís name, 3) port of landing and 4) the estimated weight of summer flounder onboard.

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.

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