DEEP: Notice to Commercial Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Fishermen

August 19, 2013

QUOTA UPDATE

Scup Quota Status: As of July 18, 2013: approximately 60% of the summer period quota has been harvested. At the current rate of landings, 70% of the scup quota will be harvested before the end of July, at which time the possession limit will be reduced to zero pounds. The scup fishery will reopen on September 1 with a 1,200 pound possession limit for commercial hook, fish pot and trawls and a 600 pound possession limit for gill nets.

Summer Flounder Quota Status: As of July 18, 2013: approximately 80% of the annual quota has been harvested. At the current rate of landings it appears that 97% of the summer flounder quota will be harvested by September 1. The possession limit will remain 100 pounds until 97% of the annual quota is harvested, at which time the possession limit will be reduced to zero pounds.

Black Sea Bass Quota Status: As of July 18, 2013: approximately 75% of the annual quota has been harvested. At the current rate of landings it is estimated that 90% of the black sea bass quota will be harvested by the middle of August at which time the possession limit will be reduced to zero pounds until November 1.

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.

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