DEEP: Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

November 13, 2014

ADJUSTMENT

Summer Flounder
Effective 0001 hours, Saturday November 15, 2014, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be increased to 300 pounds.
As of November 12, about 84% of the quota allocated to Connecticut for 2014 has been harvested.

Black Sea Bass
Effective 0001 hours, Saturday November 15, 2014, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass will be reopened with a trip limit of 200 pounds.
The Department had estimated that Connecticut’s 2013 black sea bass quota was exceeded by about 4,000 pounds and managed the 2014 quota to account for that overage. The Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan does not require payback of quota overages if the overall coastwide quota is not exceeded as was the case in 2013. Therefore, Connecticut is able to reopen its black sea bass fishery with a trip limit of 200 pounds until the remaining 4,000 pounds is harvested.

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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