DEEP: Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

December 10, 2013

ADJUSTMENT

Summer flounder

Effective 0001 hours, Monday, December 16, 2013 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be 500 pounds. After careful review and reconciliation of seafood dealer submitted landing reports, fishing vessel trip reports, research set aside reports and quota transfers, we have determined that 14,000 pounds of summer flounder quota remains for 2013. Declaration 13-07 allows for trip limit adjustments to be made to fully utilize Connecticut’s commercial summer flounder quota.

REMINDER

Scup (porgy): The commercial possession limit is 8,000 pounds.

Black sea bass: The commercial fishery is closed.

Bluefish: The commercial possession limit is 1,000 pounds.

Spiny dogfish: The commercial possession limit is 4,000 pounds.

Tautog:
Tautog remains open through December 24. The minimum size: 16". Possession Limit: 10 fish.

Weakfish:
No person engaged in commercial fishing shall possess or land weakfish in excess of 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:
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.

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(N13-23)