DEEP: Quota Managed Species Meeting Notice

Quota Managed Species Meeting Notice

December 10, 2013

A meeting of seafood dealers and commercial fishermen holding quota managed species endorsement letters has been scheduled for 2:00 PM Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Marine Headquarters, Boating Education Center (rear building). The purpose of this meeting is to receive input on strategies to manage the 2014 commercial quotas for summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, and bluefish to share access equitably among endorsement letter holders by season, optimize economic returns, and to prevent fishery closures that could lead to discarding fish. No major shifts in management strategy with significant allocation implications will be considered at this meeting. Such actions require full regulatory amendments or statutory changes.

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission have agreed on coastwide commercial quota levels to recommend to NOAA Fisheries following the requirements of the federal fishery management plans for these species. Connecticut’s share of these proposed quota levels for 2014 are as follows: scup summer period (May-Oct) 269,592 lb (288,980 lb in 2013), summer flounder is about 8% less than in 2013 (approximately 237,000 lb in 2014), black sea bass is 17,700 lb (the same as in 2013) and bluefish is 109,838 lb (114,929 lb in 2013). All amounts are provisional, contingent on NOAA publication of final specifications and any adjustments for state quota overages.

For further information, contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries Division by email at deep.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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