DEEP: Notice to Commercial Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Fishermen

April 19, 2013

SUMMER COMMERCIAL POSSESSION LIMITS

American lobster
Reminder: Minimum carapace length is 3 3/8 inches in both recreational and commercial fisheries. In addition, recreational and commercial lobstermen are reminded that the ASMFC Lobster Management Plan Addendum XVII requires a closed season in 2013. The closed season will be coordinated with New York and is expected to be approximately September 8 through November 28.

Atlantic menhaden
No person engaged in commercial fishing shall possess or land Atlantic menhaden in excess of 6,000 pounds.

Black sea bass
Between January 1 and May 31:
In the bottom trawl fishery, 100 pounds until 45% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be zero pounds;

In the fish pot fishery, 100 pounds until 45% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be zero pounds;

In the commercial hook, pound net, scallop dredge and gill net fisheries, 50 pounds until 45% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be zero pounds;

In the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters, 10 fish until 45% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be zero pounds.

Between June 1 and October 31:
In the bottom trawl and fish pot fisheries, 100 pounds until 90% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be zero pounds;

In the commercial hook, pound net, scallop dredge and gill net fisheries, 25 pounds until 90% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be zero pounds;

In the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters, 10 fish until 90% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be zero pounds.

EXCEPT: No person engaged in commercial fishing shall posses or land black sea bass between 0001 hours and 2359 hours on Sunday during the period between May 25 and September 2.

Scup (porgy)
Between May 1 and May 31:
In the pound net and gillnet fisheries, the possession limit is 600 pounds until 70% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit is zero pounds;

In the commercial hook, bottom trawl and fish pot fisheries, the possession limit is 1,200 pounds until 70% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be zero pounds;

In the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters, the possession limit is 10 fish.

Between June 1 and August 31:
In the pound net and gillnet fisheries, the possession limit is 600 until 70% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be zero pounds;

In the commercial hook, bottom trawl and fish pot fisheries, the possession limit will be 1,200 pounds until 70% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit will be zero pounds;

In the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters, the possession limit is 10 fish.

Between September 1 and October 31:
In the pound net and gillnet fisheries, the possession limit will be 600 pounds until 90% of the quota has been landed, at which time the possession limit will be 150 pounds;

In the commercial hook, bottom trawl and fish pot fisheries, the possession limit will be 1,200 pounds until 90% of the quota has been landed, at which time the possession limit will be 300 pounds;

In the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters, the possession limit will be 10 fish.

EXCEPT: No person engaged in commercial fishing shall possess or land scup between 0001 hours and 2359 hours on Sunday during the period between May 25 and September 2.

Spiny dogfish
Between May 1 and October 31: 4,000 pounds.

Summer flounder
Between May 1 and October 31: 100 pounds until a total of 97% of the quota has been landed, at which time the possession limit shall be zero pounds until October 31.

EXCEPT: No person engaged in commercial fishing shall possess or land summer flounder between 0001 hours and 2359 hours on Sunday during the period between May 25 and September 2.

Tautog
Reminder: Minimum size: 16". Possession Limit: 10 fish. Open season: April 1- April 30, July 1 to August 31, and October 8 to December 24, all dates inclusive.

Weakfish
Reminder: the possession limit is 100 pounds.

Winter flounder
The possession limit is 50 pounds or 38 fish unless the fish were taken in federal waters under a federal groundfish permit. We are aware that the federal waters ban on winter flounder harvest will be replaced effective May 1 with a 5,000 pound daily trip limit and a 1,700 mt (3.7 million lb) quota. The ASMFC Winter Flounder Management Board will meet the week of May 20 to consider a response to this change in federal waters management.

All of the possession limits listed above apply to the aggregate of all persons on board the vessel per trip or per day whichever is the longer period of time. Transfer of these species between vessels at sea is prohibited.

For current commercial fishery trip limits

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 PO 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.

(N13-04)