DEEP: Notice to Commercial Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Fishermen

June 18, 2013

NORTHEAST MULTISPECIES MINIMUM SIZE LIMITS

NOAA Fisheries recently reduced the minimum size limits on several groundfish species occurring predominantly in federal waters. For consistency, Departmental regulations governing minimum size in commercial fisheries now incorporate the federal regulations by reference to 50 CFR 648.83(a) available online at: www.nero.noaa.gov/regs/fr.html. The current published minimum sizes are as follows: Atlantic cod (19"), yellowtail flounder (12"), haddock (16"), Pollock (19"), witch flounder (13"), American plaice (12") and redfish (7").

For current commercial fishery trip limits see:
www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/fishing/commercial/connecticut_commercial_trip_limits.pdf

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.

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