DEEP: Quota Managed Species Meeting Notice

Quota Managed Species Meeting Notice

December 15, 2014

A meeting of seafood dealers and commercial fishermen holding quota managed species endorsement letters has been scheduled for 2:00 pm Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Marine Headquarters, Boating Education Center (rear building). The purpose of this meeting is to receive input on strategies to manage the 2015 commercial quotas for summer flounder, scup and black sea bass, 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 2015 are as follows: scup summer period (May-Oct) 260,814 lb (269,626 lb in 2014), summer flounder is approximately 250,000 lb which is about 5% more than in 2014 (237,206 lb), black sea bass is 22,400 lb which is slightly more than in 2014 (21,700 lb). 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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