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{BNR 150th Anniversary Logo} NEW! Join us in celebrating 150 Years of Natural Resource Conservation in Connecticut! Throughout 2016, we will look back at our history and also look ahead to the future of natural resources in our state. Follow along with the celebration and participate in special events to be held year-long. Check out our historical timeline: Connecticut Bureau of Natural Resources Through the Years.
Division News - Quarterly reports from the Inland Fisheries and Marine Fisheries Divisions. 

April 26, 2016
DEEP Seeking Public Input on
Barn Island WMA Management Assessment Report

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Wildlife Division is seeking public input on a Management Assessment Report prepared by Connecticut College for DEEP’s Barn Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Stonington. At just over 1,000 acres, Barn Island is Connecticut’s largest, most diverse, and ecologically significant coastal wildlife management area. The report, which is entitled, Management Assessment Report – Barn Island Wildlife Management Area, Stonington, Connecticut, can be found on the DEEP website at

April 14, 2016
Bonus Striped Bass Fishing Program
Reporting cards & Tags available Wednesday, April 20th.  The Bonus Striped Bass Program will run from May 1 through December 31 in 2016. DEEP will distribute TWO Harvest Tags and Harvest Report Cards per license holder this year. The tag must be securely affixed to the jaw of the fish immediately upon harvest and must remain on the fish until you arrive home.

April 8, 2016
Notice to Fixed Gear Fishermen
A survey to determine the locations of documented and reported historic shipwrecks is planned for April, May and June in discrete near shore waters near Stamford, Bridgeport and New London using towed side scan sonar and marine magnetometers.

March 24, 2016
Effective 0001 hours, Sunday March 27, 2016 the commercial possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to 50 pounds.  The Department estimates that the quota allocated to the ‘Winter 1’ summer flounder fishery (33%) has been harvested.
For current commercial fishery trip limits and quota status, call 860-434-6374 24/7 for a recorded message of current possession limits, or see:

March 21, 2016
A number of important changes to commercial and personal use fishery licensing have taken place for 2016 under Public Act 15-52. Notice of these changes was mailed to current and former license holders (1995-2015) in late December 2015 and a reminder notice was mailed out early this month. The changes include both some new requirements for current license holders and some limited new opportunities to diversify or enter commercial fisheries for the first time.  The “Quick Guide to 2016 Connecticut Commercial Fishing Licenses” table provides additional detail license by license and includes links to license applications and the Marine Fisheries Information Circular.

March 9, 2016
The 2016 Angler's Guide in now available in a digital edition and pdf format. Printed copies should be available by March 17th at all places where you buy a fishing license.

March 9, 2016
The 2016 Angler's Guide in now available in a digital book format and pdf format. Printed copies should be available by March 17th at all places where you buy a fishing license.

January 7, 2016
Listed by month are commercial fishery management measures for 2016. (N16-01)

October 21, 2015
Public Act 15-52, An Act Concerning Certain Commercial Fishery Licensure Reforms, transfers conch (whelk) licensing and management authority from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection effective January 1, 2016. (N15-17)

September 23, 2015
All marine mammals are protected by the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act. Following these recommended operational guidelines helps minimize chances of harassing or injuring whales and violating Federal law. Guidelines apply to all large whales from Maine through Virginia, except North Atlantic right whales. It is illegal to approach a right whale within 500 yards (1500 feet) unless granted specific exemption or authorization.


Content last updated April 18, 2016