DEEP: Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

September 27, 2013

ADJUSTMENT

Bluefish

Effective 0001 hours, Tuesday October 1, 2013 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish is increased to 1,000 pounds. As of September 21, 2013, 14% of the annual quota has been harvested. By regulation, if less than 80% of the annual bluefish quota has been landed by October 1, the possession limit shall be increased to 1,000 pounds until a total of 95% of the annual quota has been landed, at which time the possession limit will be reduced to 100 pounds.

REMINDER

Scup (porgy)

In the pound net and gillnet fisheries, the possession limit is 600 pounds until 90% of the quota has been landed, at which time the limit shall be 150 pounds;

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

In the lobster pot fishery, when in possession of lobsters, the possession limit is 10 fish. During the lobster closed season (see American lobster below) the possession limit is zero.

As of September 21, 76% of summer period quota allocated to Connecticut has been harvested.

On November 1, state management of scup ends and coastwide management resumes. At which time coastwide possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup will be 8,000 pounds for all gear types.

Black sea bass

Closed until November 1. As of September 21, 94% of the quota allocated to Connecticut has been harvested.

Summer flounder

50 pounds until 100% of the quota has been landed, at which time the possession limit shall be zero pounds. As of September 21, 95% of the annual quota has been harvested.

American lobster

The closed season for lobster is 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.

Spiny dogfish

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

Tautog

The 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

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.

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 see:

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.

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