DEEP: Notice to Commercial Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Fishermen

June 4, 2014

Black Sea Bass

Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, June 5, 2014, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass is reduced to eight fish for all gear types including lobster pots.

The Department estimates that 47% of the annual commercial black sea bass quota allocated to Connecticut for 2014 has been landed. At the current rate of landings the entire annual quota will be landed by the first week in August. To keep the fishery open as long as possible, the trip limit is being reduced to eight fish.

Reminder Sunday Closure:

No person engaged in commercial fishing shall possess or land black sea bass, summer flounder or scup between 0001 hours and 2359 hours on Sunday during the period between May 24 and September 1, both dates inclusive.

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 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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(N14-05)