CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding a Public Meeting to get input on management options to comply with the joint Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council / Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission fishery management plan for black sea bass. We are also seeking input on options for managing the bonus striped bass tag program.
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)
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.