DEEP: Notices to Fishermen
Notices to Fishermen
2017
12/27/2017Notice of ASMFC Public Hearing on Recreational Black Sea Bass
  The DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is hosting a public hearing of the ASMFC to gather input on Draft Addendum XXX to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Black Sea Bass. (N17-30)
Public Hearing will be held January 10, 2018
Public comment accepted until 5:00 pm on January 22, 2018
12/21/2017ASMFC Lobster Management Area 6 Lobster Conservation Management Team Teleconference
  The Lobster Management Area 6 LCMT will meet via teleconference to address latency and develop a reduction proposal to be considered by the American Lobster Management Board at their May 2018 meeting. (N17-29)
Meeting to be held January 9, 2018
12/15/2017Notice of ASMFC Public Hearing on American Lobster
  The DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to gather input on Draft Addendum XXVI to the American Lobster Fishery Management Plan and Addendum III to the Jonah Crab Fishery Management Plan. (N17-28)
Public Hearing to be held January 18, 2018
12/12/20172018 Commercial Fishery Management Plan
  An update on commercial fishery possession limits for 2018. (N17-27)
11/28/20172017 Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours Friday, December 1, 2017, the summer flounder commercial fishery possession limit will be increased to 200 pounds. (N17-25)
11/27/2017Time Change Quota Managed Species Meeting
  The meeting of seafood dealers and commercial fishermen that harvest quota managed species originally scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Monday, December 4 has been moved up to 2:00 p.m. (N17-23)
11/17/2017Quota Managed Species Meeting Notice
  A meeting of seafood dealers and commercial fishermen that harvest quota-managed species has been scheduled. (N17-22)
Meeting to be held December 4, 2017
10/25/20172017 Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, October 26, 2017, the scup commercial fishery possession limit will be increased. (N17-21)
10/20/2017Notice to Recreational Fishermen
  Black Sea Bass: For paying passengers on party or charter fishing vessels there are new measures. (N17-20)
10/13/20172017 Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours Sunday, October 15, 2017, the smooth dogfish commercial fishery possession limit will be reduced to zero pounds. Effective 0001 hours Sunday, October 15, 2017, the scup commercial fishery possession limit will be increased. (N17-19)
9/29/20172017 Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, October 1, 2017, the scup commercial fishery possession limit will be increased to 200 pounds for holders of Scup License Endorsements. In addition, for Restricted Commercial Fishing License holders who do not hold a Scup License Endorsement the limit will be 20 fish. (N17-18)
9/11/20172017 Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours Sunday, September 10, 2017, the scup commercial fishery possession limit will be 100 pounds for holders of Scup License Endorsements. (N17-17)
8/18/20172017 Commercial Fishery Posession Limits
  Effective August 20, 2017 the commercial fishery possession limits for scup and summer flounder have changed. (N17-16)
8/15/2017Notice to Lobster Fishermen
  This notice serves as a reminder of the upcoming fall season closure required under Addendum XVII to the ASMFC American Lobster Fishery Management Plan which was approved in November 2011. (N17-15)
7/7/20172017 Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours Sunday, July 9, 2017, the scup commercial fishery possession limit will be reduced from 600 pounds to 200 pounds. Restricted Commercial Fishing License holders who do not hold a Scup License Endorsement are reduced from 60 fish to 20 fish. (N17-14)
7/6/2017Notice to Recreational Fishermen
  Black sea bass: For paying passengers on party or charter fishing vessels there are new measures. (N17_13)
6/27/20172017 Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Saturday, July 1, 2017, the scup commercial fishery possession limit will be reduced from 1,200 pounds to 600 pounds. (N17-12)
6/8/20172017 Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Black Sea Bass: Effective 0001 hours Sunday, June 11, 2017, the possession limit for the commercial license holders will be 80 pounds (Black Sea Bass License Endorsement required) except for lobster pots which remains at 10 fish. (N17-11)
6/5/2017Notice of ASMFC Public Hearing on Tautog (Blackfish)
  The DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is hosting a public hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to gather input on Draft Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog. (N17-10)
Pubic Hearing to be held June 26, 2017
Public comment due by July 14, 2017
5/17/2017Notice to Lobster and Conch Pot Fishermen
  Posted on the DEEP website are maps showing the locations of CT DEEP monthly trawl survey sites to be sampled during 2017 from the research vessel, John Dempsey.
5/5/20172017 Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  A number of possession limits are now in effect for Connecticut's commercial fisheries. (N17-09
4/28/2017ASMFC Lobster Management Area 6 Lobster Conservation Management Team Meeting
  On May 8 and May 9 the ASMFC American Lobster Management Board will be meeting to address draft Addendum XXV to the American Lobster Fishery Management Plan. To assure consistency between New York and Connecticut waters in LMA6, a meeting has been scheduled. (N17-08)
Meeting to be held May 17, 2017
4/6/2017Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, April 9, 2017, the commercial possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to 50 pounds. (N17-07)
3/10/2017Notice to Recreational Fishermen
  Upon consideration of public comment obtained at an ASMFC public hearing on summer flounder , a DEEP public meeting on summer flounder and black sea bass and comments from the Marine Advisory Group the management measures for summer flounder have been amended. The management measures for black sea bass may have to be amended later in the year. (N17-05)
3/7/2017Notice of ASMFC Public Hearing on Commercial Scup Management
  The DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to gather input on Draft Addendum XXIX to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Plan. (N17-04)
Public Hearing to be held March 20, 2017
2/17/2017Notice of ASMFC Public Hearing on American Lobster
  The DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is hosting two Public Hearings of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to gather input on Draft Addendum XXV to the American Lobster Management Plan. (N17-02)
Public Hearings to be held March 21 and March 27, 2017
2/14/2017Notice of Public Hearing
  The CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is holding a Public Meeting to get input on 2017 management options to comply with the joint Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council/Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission fishery management plans for summer flounder and black sea bass. (N17-03)
Public Hearing to be held February 22, 2017
12/28/20162017 Commercial Fishery Management Plan
  Possession limits for quota managed species for 2017. (N17-01)

2018
12/26/20182019 Commercial Fishery Management Plan
  This notice outlines Connecticut's 2019 commercial harvest plan for quota-managed species and other species managed under interstate fishery management plans. (N18-25)
12/20/2018Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective immediately the commercial landing limit for summer flounder will be reduced to zero pounds. Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, December 23, 2018, the commercial landing limit for black sea bass will be reduced to zero pounds. (N18-24)
12/7/2018Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours Sunday, December 9, 2018, the commercial black sea bass fishery possession will be 300 pounds per week (0001 hours on Sunday through 2359 hours on Saturday). Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, December 9, 2018, the commercial landing limit for the harvest of summer flounder will be 1,500 pounds per week (0001 hours on Sunday through 2359 hours on Saturday). (N18-23)
11/21/2018Quota Managed Species Meeting Notice
  A meeting of seafood dealers and commercial fishermen that harvest quota-managed species has been scheduled. (N18-21)
Meeting to be held Monday, December 3, 2018
10/26/2018Notice of ASMFC Public Hearing on Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management
  The DEEP Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission to gather input on Draft Addenda XXXI and XXXII to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Plan. (N18-20)
Public Hearing to be held November 5, 2018
Public comment accepted until November 29, 2018
9/27/2018Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours Monday, October 1, 2018, the scup commercial fishery possession limit will be 28,500 pounds. (N18-19)
9/12/2018Notice to Lobster and Conch Pot Fishermen
  Posted on the DEEP website are maps showing the locations of CT DEEP monthly trawl survey sites to be sampled during fall 2018 from the research vessel, John Dempsey.
9/5/2018Notice of MAFMC/ASMFC Public Hearing for the Summer Flounder Commercial Issues Amendment
  The DEEP Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council to gather input on a range of commercial summer flounder issues. (N18-18)
Hearing to be held September 10, 2018
8/27/2018Notice to Lobster Fishermen
  This notice serves as a reminder of the upcoming fall season closure required under Addendum XVII to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's American Lobster Fishery Management Plan. (N18-16)
7/26/2018Scup Commercial Fishery Possession Limit Adjustment
  Effective 0001 hours Sunday, July 29, 2018, the scup commercial fishery possession limit will be reduced to 600 pounds. (N18-15)
7/5/2018MAFMC and ASMFC Scoping Hearing on Bluefish
  The DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is hosting a scoping hearing of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to gather input on a range of issued and information to be considered in the Bluefish Allocation Amendment. (N18-14)
Hearing to be held Tuesday, July 20, 2018
Comments due by July 30, 2018
6/20/20182018 Updated Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  A number of possession limits are in effect for Connecticut's commercial fisheries. (N18-13)
6/14/20182018 Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours Sunday, June 17, 2018, the scup commercial fishery possession limit will be increased from 1,200 pounds to 1,500 pounds. Effective 0001 hours Sunday, June 17, 2018, the black sea bass commercial fishery possession limit will be reduced from 50 pounds to 8 fish. (N18-12)
6/1/2018Reminder of ASMFC Public Hearing on American Eel
  The DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is hosting a public hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to gather input on Draft Addendum V to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Eel. (N18-11)
Public Hearing to be held June 4, 2018
Comments due by June 15, 2018
5/23/2018Notice to Commercial Atlantic Menhaden Fishermen
  At its November 2017 meeting, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Atlantic Menhaden Board passed Amendment 3 to the Menhaden Fisheries Management Plan. (N18-10)
5/7/2018Notice to Recreational Fishermen
  At the spring meeting the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved revised measures for the 2018 recreational black sea bass fishery. (N18-08)
4/24/2018Notice to Lobster and Conch Pot Fishermen
  Posted on the website are maps showing the locations of CT DEEP monthly trawl survey sites to be sampled during spring 2018 from the research vessel John Dempsey.
4/11/20182018 Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  A number of possession limits are in effect for Connecticut's commercial fisheries. (N18-07)
4/6/2018Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, April 15, 2018, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to 50 pounds. (N18-06)
3/26/2018Notice to Recreational Fishermen
  The 2018 regulations governing recreational fishing have been finalized.
3/9/2018Notice of Public Meeting
  The CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is holding a Public Informational Meeting to get input on potential management of menhaden to comply with Amendment 3 to the interstate Fishery Management Plan for Menhaden. (N18-03)
Public Meeting to be held March 26, 2018
2/26/2018Notice of Public Meeting
  The CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is holding a Public Informational Meeting to get input on potential 2018 management measures to comply with the joint Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission fishery management plans for summer flounder, black sea bass and scup and the ASMFC FMP for scup. (18-02)
Public Meeting to be held March 5, 2018
1/16/2018Request for Nominations to the New England Fishery Management Council
  The State of Connecticut is seeking nominees for upcoming open seats on the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC). (N18-01)

2019
4/30/20192019 Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Possession limits for scup, black sea bass and summer flounder will be in effect on May 1, 2019, for Connecticut's commercial fisheries. (N19-04)
4/16/2019Notice to Recreational Fishermen
  There are new scup recreational fishing measures for 2019. (N19-03)
4/1/2019Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective immediately the landing limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be to 800 pounds per week (0001 hours Sunday through 2359 hours on Saturday). N19-02
2/21/2019Notice of Public Informational Hearing
  The CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is holding two Public Informational Meetings to get input on potential changes to recreational management measures for scup in 2019 and to provide information on the status of other important recreational species. (N19-01
Hearings to be held February 27, 2019 and February 28, 2019

2016
12/27/2016Notice of ASMFC Public Hearing on Summer Flounder
  The DEEP Marine Fisheries Div. is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to gather input on Draft Addendum XXVIII to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. (N16-33)
Public Meeting to be held January 10, 2016
12/19/2016Commercial Black Sea Bass Fishery Closure
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, December 18, 2016, the commercial possession limit for black sea bass will be reduced to zero pounds. (N16-32)
12/9/2016Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, December 18, 2016, the commercial landing limit for summer flounder will be reduced to zero pounds. Effective 0001 hours, December 11, 2016, the commercial landing limit for black sea bass will be 500 pounds per week. (N16-31)
12/2/2016Quota Managed Species Meeting Notice
  A meeting of seafood dealers and commercial fishermen holding quota managed species endorsement letter has been scheduled at DEEP Marine Headquarters, Old Lyme. (N16-29)
Meeting to be held December 8, 2016
12/2/2016Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, December 4, 2016, there will be the following changes: the commercial landing limit for summer flounder will be 600 pounds per week, the commercial landing limit for black sea bass will be 300 pounds per week, and the commercial fishery for smooth dogfish reopens. (N16-28)
12/1/2016Notice of ASMFC Public Hearings on Menhaden and Jonah Crab
  The DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting public hearings of the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission to gather input on the PID for Draft Amendment 3 to the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan and Draft Addendum II to the Jonah Crab Fishery Management Plan. (N16-27)
Public Hearing to be held December 14, 2016
11/17/2016Public Informational Meeting for Lobstermen
  The DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding an informational meeting to gather input from lobstermen and other interested members of the public on the development of Draft Addendum XXV to the American Lobster Fishery Management Plan. (N16-26)
Public Informational Meeting to be held November 29, 2016
11/10/2016Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, November 13, 2016, the black sea bass commercial fishery will reopen with a possession limit of 10 fish. (N16-25)
10/31/2016Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Tuesday, November 1, 2016, the scup commercial fishery will reopen at a possession limit of 18,000 pounds. Effective 0001 hours Sunday, November 6, 2016, the summer flounder commercial fishery will reopen at a possession limit of 100 pounds. (116-24)
10/21/2016Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours Sunday, October 30, 2016, the black sea bass commercial fishery will close. Effective 0001 hours Tuesday, November 1, 2016 the scup commercial fishery will reopen at a possession limit of 18,000 pounds. (N16-23)
10/14/2016Commercial Fishery
  Effective 0001 hours Sunday, October 16, 2016, the scup commercial fishery possession limit will be reduced to 0 pounds. (N16-22)
10/5/2016Notice to Spiny Dogfish Fishermen
  The Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Spiny Dogfish prohibits removing any fins from this fish at sea. (N16-20)
9/28/2016Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours Sunday, October 9, 2016, the summer flounder commercial fishery possession limit will be reduced from 50 pounds to 0 pounds. (N16-19)
8/25/2016Notice to Lobster Fishermen
  This notice serves as a reminder of the upcoming fall season closure required under Addendum XVII to the ASMFC American Lobster Fishery Management Plan which was approved in November 2011. (N16-18)
8/23/2016Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, August 28, 2016, the summer flounder commercial fishery possession limit will be reduced from 100 pounds to 50 pounds. (N16-17)
8/10/2016Notice to Commercial and Recreational Shark Fishermen
  Effective Monday, August 22, 2016, an Atlantic Highly Migratory Species permit is required to take, possess or land any shark species, other than smooth or spiny dogfish, in this state in either the sport or commercial fisheries. (N16-16)
8/4/2016Commercial Smooth Dogfish Closure
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, August 7, 2016, the smooth dogfish commercial fishery possession limit will be reduced to zero pounds. (N16-15)
7/25/2016Commercial Smooth Dogfish Quota
  As of July 21, 5,562 pounds of smooth dogfish has been reported landed in Connecticut. When the Department estimates that 100% of the quota has been landed the smooth dogfish possession limit will be reduced to zero pounds. (N16-13)
6/30/2016Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours Sunday, July 3, 2016, the scup commercial fishery possession limit will be reduced from 1,500 pounds to 750 pounds. (N16-12)
6/15/2016Striped Bass Possession in Rhode Island State Waters
  Anglers are advised that the state of Rhode Island has adopted regulations pertaining to striped bass. These regulations apply to all Rhode Island state lands and waters including the waters around Block Island. (N16-11)
6/14/2016Notice of Public Hearing
  CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing to get input on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Draft Addendum IV to the Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Sharks and Draft Addendum to the Fishery Management Plan for Menhaden. (16-10)
Public Hearing to be held June 28, 2016
4/29/2016Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours Sunday, May 1, 2016, a number of possession limits will be in effect for Connecticut's commercial fisheries. (N16-08)
4/11/2016Notice to Fixed Gear Fishermen
  Towed Side Scan Sonar and Magnetometer activity near Stamford, Bridgeport and New London.
3/22/2016Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, March 27, 2016, the commercial possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to 50 pounds. (N16-05)
3/22/2016Notice to Lobster and Conch Pot Fishermen
  Posted on the DEEP website are monthly trawl survey sites to be sampled during 2016 from the research vessel John Dempsey.
3/18/2016Important Reminder Notice to Fishermen
  A number of important changes to commercial and personal use fishery licensing have taken place for 2016. (N16-04)
2/10/2016Notice of Public Meeting
  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. (N16-03)
Public Meeting to be held February 17, 2016
2/8/2016Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, February 7, 2016, the commercial landing limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be 500 pounds per week (0001 hours on Sunday through 2359 hours on Saturday). (N16-02)
1/7/20162016 Commercial Fishery Management Plan
  Listed by month are commercial fishery management measures for 2016. (N16-01)

2015
12/29/2015Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Wednesday, December 30, 2015, the commercial landing limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to zero pounds for the remainder of 2015. (N15-28)
12/29/2015Notice of Public Hearing
  CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing to get input on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Draft Addendum XXVII to the Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass. (N15-27)
Public Hearing to be held January 5, 2016
12/29/2015Notice of Public Meetings
  Marine Fisheries is holding two public meetings to present information and answer questions on the new commercial and personal use fishery licensing. (N15-26)
Public meetings to be held January 5, 2016 and January 7, 2015
12/17/2015Quota Managed Species Meeting Notice
  A meeting of seafood dealers and commercial fishermen holding quota managed species endorsements has been scheduled. (N15-25)
Meeting to be held December 22, 2015
12/11/2015Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, December 13, 2015, the commercial landing limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be 1,500 pounds per week (0001 hours on Sunday through 2359 hours on Saturday). (N15-24)
12/3/2015Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Monday, December 7, 2015, the commercial landing limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be 1,000 pounds per week. (N15-21)
11/20/2015Notice to Lobster Fishermen
  This notice serves as a reminder of the upcoming reopening of the Long Island Sound (LMA 6) fall lobster season closure. (N15-20)
10/28/2015Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours Wednesday, October 28, 2015, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup will be increased to 5,000 pounds for all gears except lobster pots which are closed. (N15-18)
10/21/2015Notice to Conch (Whelk) Fishermen
  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)
10/16/2015Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours Sunday, November 1, 2015, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish will be increased to 1,000 pounds for all gears and the possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup will be increased to 18,000 pounds for all gear. (N15-16)
9/15/2015Notice of Public Hearing
  CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing to get input on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Draft Amendment 1 to the Fishery Management Plan for Tautog. (N15-14)
Public Hearing to be held September 24, 2015
Written comments due by October 23, 2015
8/27/2015Notice to Federal Permit Holders
  Federal permit holders must still send "Did Not Fish" reports to the Connecticut DEEP Marine Fisheries Division. (N15-13)
8/24/2015Notice to Lobster Fishermen
  This notice services as a reminder of the upcoming fall season closure which extends from September 8 through November 28, inclusive. (N15-11)
7/24/2015Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 12:01 a.m., Monday, July 27, 2015, possession and landing of black sea bas is prohibited. (N15-09)
7/17/2015Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  As of July 16, 2015, approximately 92% of the annual black sea bass quota has been landed. (N15-08)
7/7/2015Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  As of June 30, 2015 approximately 76% of the annual black sea bass quota has been landed. The commercial possession limit for black sea bass will remain at 10 fish for all gear types.
6/2/2015Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours Sunday, June 7, 2015, the commercial possession limit for black sea bass will be reduced to 10 fish for all gear types. (N15-06)
4/9/2015Notice to Lobster and Conch Pot Fishermen
  Posted on the DEEP website are monthly trawl survey maps showing the locations of the Long Island Trawl Survey sites to be sampled during 2015 from the R/V John Dempsey.
3/27/2015Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, April 5, 2015, the landing limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be decreased to 750 pounds per week. (N15-05)
3/19/2015Recreational Fishery - 2015 Regulations
  The correct regulations for scup in 2015 are: 10 inch minimum length, 30 fish creel limit, open May 1 through December 31. (N15-04)
3/10/2015Recreational Fishery - 2015 Regulations
  Following considerable public comment received via survey cards, at Public Hearing and via email, regulations have been adopted to comply with ASMFC fishery management plans for black sea bass, scup, striped and summer flounder. (N15-03)
2/18/20152015 Recreational Fisheries Measures for Black Sea Bass, Scup and Striped Bass
  CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding a Public Hearing to get input on alternatives to meet the requirements of Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Fishery Management Plans for Black Sea Bass, Scup and Striped Bass while also providing optimal fishing opportunity for CT anglers. (N15-02)
Public Hearing to be held February 25, 2015
Comments due but March 1, 2015

2014
12/30/2014Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, January 1, 2015, the commercial landing limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be 1,000 pounds per week. (N14-20)
12/18/2014Commercial Fishery Posession Limit
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, December 21, 2014, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be 500 pounds. (N14-18)
12/15/2014Quota Managed Species Meeting Notice
  A meeting of seafood dealers and commercial fishermen holding quota managed species endorsement letters has been scheduled. (N14-17)
Meeting to be held December 18, 2014
12/4/2014Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Friday, December 5, 2014, the landing limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be increased to 1,500 pounds per week. (N14-15)
11/14/2014Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Commercial fishery possession limits for summer flounder and black sea bass have been adjusted effective 0001 hours, Saturday, November 15, 2014. (N14-14)
10/2/2014Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Wednesday, October 1, 2014 the commercial possession limit for black sea bass, scup and bluefish will change. (N14-12)
9/22/2014Notice of MAFMC and ASMFC Public Hearing
  CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Divisiion is hosting one of a coast-wide series of public scoping hearings of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to gather public input on the range of issues and information to be considered in the Comprehensive Summer Flounder Amendment. (N14-11)
Public Hearing to be held October 1, 2014
Written comments due by October 31, 2014
8/28/2014ASMFC Public Hearing on Cancer Crab
  The DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Public Hearing to seek comments on the Public Information Document for the Draft Fishery Management Plan for Cancer Crab. (N14-10)
Public Hearing to be held September 15, 2014
Public comment will be accepted until October 3, 2014
8/27/2014Notice to Lobster and Conch Pot Fishermen
  Trawl survey maps showing the locations of the September and October trawl survey sites to be sampled from the R/V John Dempsey are posted on our website.
8/21/2014Notice to Lobster Fishermen
  The notice serves as a reminder of the upcoming fall season closure required under Addendum XVII to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission American Lobster Fishery Management Plan. (N14-09)
8/19/2014Notice of ASMFC Public Hearing
  CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Draft Addendum IV to the Atlantic Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan. (N14-08)
Public Hearing to be held August 26, 2014
Public Comment will be accepted until September 30, 2014
8/13/2014Notice to Commercial Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, August 17, 2014, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup is increased to 1,000 pounds for trawl, fish pot and commercial hook fisheries and 500 pounds for other gear types other than lobster pots, which will remain at 10 fish. (N14-07)
6/6/2014Notice of ASMFC Public Hearing
  CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Draft Addendum IV to the American Eel Fisheries Management Plan. (N14-06)
Public Hearing to be held June 24, 2014
Public comment due by July 17, 2014
6/4/2014Notice to Commercial Fishermen
  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. (14-05)
4/24/2014Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  A number of adjustments and reminders have been posted. (N14-03)
4/14/2014Notice to Lobster and Conch Pot Fishermen
  Monthly trawl survey maps showing the locations of the CT DEEP monthly trawl survey sites to be samples during 2014 from the R/V John Dempsey are posted on our website.
4/1/2014Notice to Recreational Fishermen
  A number of recreational regulations have been amended. (N14-01)

2013
12/23/2013States Schedule Public Hearings on Draft Addendum XXV
  Addendum seeks input on management options for 2014 summer flounder and black sea bass recreational fisheries.
Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST)on January 24, 2014
12/13/2013Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Monday, December 16, 2013, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be increased to 800 pounds to allow for full utilization of Connecticut's commercial summer flounder quota. (N13-25)
12/10/2013Quota Managed Species Meeting Notice
  A meeting of seafood dealers and commercial fishermen holding quota managed species endorsement letters has been scheduled. (N13-24)
Meeting to be held December 19, 2013
12/10/2013Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001 hours, Monday, December 16, 2013, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be 500 pounds. (N13-23)
11/21/2013Notice to Commercial Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Saturday, November 23, 2013, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass is reduced to zero pounds for all gear types. (N13-21)
11/7/2013Notice to Commercial Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Saturday, November 9, 2013, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass is reduced to 50 pounds for all gear types other than lobster pots which remain closed until November 29. (N13-20)
10/29/2013Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001, Friday, November 1, 2013, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass and summer flounder will change. Also, on November 1, state management of scup ends and coastwide management resumes. (N13-19)
9/27/2013Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
  Effective 0001, Tuesday, October 1, 2013, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish is increased to 1000 pounds. Also, a number of reminders have been posted. (N13-18)
9/10/2013Notice to Lobster and Conch Pot Fishermen
  Maps showing the locations of CT DEEP monthly trawl survey sites to be sampled during September and October 2013 from the research vessel John Dempsey have been posted on the DEEP website.
8/7/2013Notice to Commercial Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Wednesday, August 7, 2013, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder is reduced to 50 pounds. (N13-15)
8/7/2013Notice to Lobster Fishermen
  This notice serves as a reminder of the upcoming fall season closure required under Addendum XVII to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's American Lobster Fishery Management Plan. (N13-14)
7/29/2013Notice to Commercial Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass is reduced to zero pounds for all gear types including lobster pots. Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, August 1, 2013, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup is reduced to 100 pounds for all gears except lobster pots. The limit remains 10 fish for lobster pots. (N13-13)
7/19/2013Notice to Commercial Fishermen
  Quota has been updated for scup, summer flounder and black sea bass. (N13-12)
6/18/2013Notice to Commercial Fishermen
  NOAA Fisheries recently reduced the minimum size limits on several groundfish species occurring predominately in federal waters. (N13-11)
5/28/2013Notice to Party & Charter Black Sea Bass Fishermen
  On April 17, 2013 the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission revised slightly the recreational fishery harvest target for black sea bass for 2013. (N13-09)
5/22/2013Notice to Commercial Scup, Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Fishermen
  Reminder: No person engaged in commercial fishing shall possess or land scup, summer flounder or black sea bass between 0001 hours and 2359 hours on Sunday during the period between May 25 and September 2, inclusive. (N13-08)
4/23/2013Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, April 28, 2013, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder is reduced to 100 pounds. (N13-07)
4/19/2013Notice to Eel Fishermen
  ASMFC American Eel Management Draft Addendum III. The addendum proposes a wide range of management options with the goal of reducing mortality and increasing the conservation of American eel stocks across all life stages. (N13-06)
Public comment due by May 2, 2013
4/19/2013Notice to Whelk and Eel Fishermen
  In the past year some bait dealers in other states have begun to import small quantities of three species of Asian horseshoe crabs for use as bait in the eel and whelk fisheries. (N13-05)
4/19/2013Notice to Commercial Fishermen
  A number of summer commercial possession limits have been posted. (N13-04)
4/15/2013Notice to Lobster and Conch Pot Fishermen
  Maps showing the locations of CT DEEP monthly trawl survey sites to be sampled during 2013 from the research vessel John Dempsey have been posted on our website.
3/21/2013Notice to Recreational Fishermen 2013 Recreational Fishing Measures
  Regulations governing recreational fishing have been amended. (N13-03)
3/11/2013Notice of Recreational Lobstering Seminar
  The Connecticut ENCON Police and the Marine Fisheries Division will be hosting an informational seminar for recreational lobster fishermen.
Seminar to be held April 6, 2013

2012
12/21/2012Notice to Commercial Fishermen
  Possession limits for bluefish, summer flounder, scup, black sea bass and spiny dogfish effective January 1, 2013. (N12-39)
12/12/2012Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, December 13, 2012, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder increased to 500 pounds. (N12-38)
12/7/2012Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Saturday, December 8, 2012, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder is increased to 200 pounds. (N12-37)
12/5/2012Notice to Fishermen
  Fishing and/or dealer's license application forms for 2013 have been mailed. (N12-36)
11/30/2012Quota Managed Species Meeting Notice
  A meeting of seafood ealers and commercial fishermen holding quota manageed species endorsement letters has been scheduled. (N12-35)
Meeting to be held December 10, 2012
11/29/2012Notice to Commercial Black Sea Bass Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, December 2, 2012, the possessiion limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass is reduced to zero pounds (N12-34)
11/20/2012Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, November 22, 2012, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder is reduced to 75 pounds. (N12-33)
11/5/2012Marine Fisheries Public Hearings
  The Public Hearings tonight in Old Lyme and Wednesday afternoon in Bridgeport will be held as scheduled. (N12-32)
Public Hearings to be held November 5, 2012 and November 7, 2012
Written comments due through November 21, 2012
10/9/2012ASMFC Mehanden Public Hearing Notice
  The Department is hosting Public Hearings of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Atlantic Menhaden Draft Amendment 2. (N12-31)
Public Hearings to be held October 16 and October 18, 2012
Written comments due by November 16, 2012
9/27/2012Notice to Commercial Bluefish Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Monday, October 1, 2012, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish is increased to 1,000 pounds. (N12-29)
9/27/2012Attention Connecticut Conch Fishermen and Dealers
  A meeting to discuss the status of Connecticut's conch fishery and begin to discuss as a community what management measures might be needed to ensure its long-term sustainability.
Meeting to be held October 9, 2012
9/6/2012Notice to Commercial Scup Fishermen
  Effetive 0001 hours, Friday, September 7, 2012, the possesion limit for the commercial harvest of scup is increased to 5,000 pounds for otter trawl, hook and fish pot gears and to 2,500 pounds in all other gears, except lobster pots (10 fish). N12-28
8/29/2012Notice to Lobster and Conch Pot Fishermen
  Monthly Trawl Survey Maps showing the locations of trawl survey sites to be sampled during Fall 2012 from the R/V John Dempsey have been posted on the DEEP's website.
8/28/2012Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Saturday, September 1, 2012, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder is reduced to zero pounds. (N12-27)
7/31/2012Notice to Commercial Trawl Vessels
  The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF)is announcing the establishment of a new program, the "Gear Trials Program" that combines financial assistance for the commercial fishing industry with cooperative research. (N12-26)
7/31/2012Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen
  As of July 30, 2012: 88% of the annual quota has been harvested. As a reminder, on July 5 we sent a notice that 78% of the annual quota had been harvested by the end of June. (N12-25)
7/18/2012Notice to Seafood Dealers
  Last week the department issued a press release announcing a new round of studies into lobster population health in Long Island Sound. That release included results of tests for pesticides in the hepatopancreas or tomalley of the lobster that showed trace amounts of methoprene in one of four groups of lobsters and resmethrin in three of four groups. (N12-24)
6/27/2012Notice to Commercial Black Sea Bass Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, July, 2012, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass is reduced to zero pounds. (N12-22)
6/8/2012Lobster Meeting - Season Closure Dates
  The Department is looking for comments on which of four options to select as the fall closure date, beginning in 2013. (N12-21)
Public Meeting to be held June 20, 2012
5/31/2012Notice to Commercial Shad Fishermen
  Water temperatures in the Connecticut River now exceed 68 degrees. Consequently, the maximum allowable gillnet soak time is now two hours. (N12-20)
5/24/2012Notice to Recreational Fishermen
  The Saybrook Point public access area has been added to the list of locations where anglers can take scup and summer flounder of reduced size under the Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Program. (N12-19)
5/8/2012Notice to Commercial Shad Fishermen
  Maximum allowable gillnet soak times have been implemented in response to the April 6, 2012, federal listing of Atlantic sturgeon as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
5/2/2012Notice to Recreational Fishermen
  Two sites, both located in New Haven, have been added to the list of locations where anglers can take scup and summer flounder of reduced size under the Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Program. (N12-17)
5/1/2012Notice to Striped Bass Fishermen
  The department began distribution of the Bonus Striped Vouchers on April 10, 2012. Due to popularity of the program, the supply of CT Bonus Striped Bass Vouchers is running low and many outlets have run out. Please refer to Bonus Striped Fishing Program on the DEEP website. (N12-
4/27/2012Notice to Commercial Fishermen
  Gear restricted areas to protect Atlantic sturgeon. (N12-15)
4/19/2012Notice to Commercial Fishermen
  Summer commercial possession limits have been posted. (N12-14)
4/17/2012Notice to Commercial Fishermen
  The Department estimates that 45% of the annual commercial summer flounder quota allocated to Connecticut for 2012 will be landed by April 21. State regulations require that the possession limit be reduced to 100 pounds once 45% of the quota has been reported landed during the winter period, January 1 - April 30. (N12-13)
4/13/2012Long Island Sound Trawl Survey - Spring and Fall 2012
  Monthly Trawl Survey Maps showing the locations of CT DEEP monthly trawl survey sites to be sampled during 2012 from the R/V John Dempsey have been posted on the DEEP's website.
4/13/2012Notice to Commercial Horseshoe Crab Fishermen
  Regulations of CT State Agencies prohibit the hand-harvest of horseshoe crabs except by those fishermen that meet certain qualifications specified in the regulation. In the past, the Marine Fisheries Division mailed annual Endorsement Letters to eligible fishermen. With the implementation of the new licensing system, endorsement information is now printed on your commercial license and we will no longer be mailing out a separate endorsement letter. (N12-11)
4/2/2012Notice to Commercial Tautog Fishermen
  On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 0001 hours a number of conservation measures will take effect. (N12-09)
3/14/2012Public Meeting Notice
  The Department has scheduled a third Public Meeting to received comment on alternatives to manage the 2012 commercial harvest limit for tautog. (N12-08)
Publice Meeting to be held March 22, 2012
3/14/2012Notice to Recreational Fishermen
  Regulations governing recreational fishing are amended for black sea bass, scup, summer flounder and tautog. (N12-07)
3/5/2012Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen
  The landing and possession limit of summer flounder through April 30, 2012 inclusive, is now 2,000 pounds per week. (N12-06
2/1/2012Quota Managed species Meeting Notice
  A meeting of seafood dealers and commercial fishermen holding quota managed species endorsement letters has been scheduled for February 14, 2012 at Marine Headquarters. (N12-05)
1/31/2012Notice to Commercial Fishermen Bluefish Season Open
  The open commercial fishing season begins January 1 of each year and ends December 31 or such sooner date as one hundred percent of the Connecticut quota of bluefish has been landed. (N12-03)
1/31/2012Public Meeting Notice
  The Department has scheduled public meetings to receive comment on alternatives to manage the 2012 recreational harvest limits for black sea bass, scup, summer flounder and tautog. In addition, public comment will be taken on the 2012 Enhanced Shore Angler Opportunity Program and the Striped Bass Bonus Fishery Program. (N12-03)
Public meetings will be held February 16, 2012 and February 18, 2012
1/31/2012Tautog Fishery Closure
  The closed season for the commercial tautog fishery and recreational tautog fishery will be February 1 to April 30 inclusive. Public hearings will be held to consider management alternatives to be effective May 1, 2012. (N12-02)
Public Hearings will be held February 16, 2012 and February 18, 2012
1/4/2012Applications Sought for New England Fishery Management Council
  The State of Connecticut is seeking interested individuals for nomination to an open seat on the New England Fishery Mangement Council. (N12-01)

2011
12/28/2011Notice to Commercial Fishermen and Seafood Dealers
  New licensing system for 2012 and a reminder to seafood dealers. Also, fishermen and dealers holding valid 2011 licenses and permits may continue to operate through January 15 with their 2011 licenses/permits due to the fact that many fishermen have not yet received their applications in the mail. (N11-23)
12/21/2011Notice to Commercial Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, January 1, 2012, commercial trip limit adjustments have been made to black sea bass, summer flounder and scup. (N11-22)
12/2/2011Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, December 4, 2011, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder is increased to 1,500 pounds twice per week. (N11-20)
11/22/2011ASMFC Lobster Management Area 6 Lobster Conservation Management Team Meeting
  A meeting of the Area 6 Lobster Conservation Management Team has been scheduled to assure consistency between New York and Connecticut waters in LMA 6. (N11-19)
Meeting to be held December 6, 2011
10/28/2011Notice to Commercial Fishermen
  Commercial trip limit adjustments have been made to black sea bass, summer flounder and scup effective November 1, 2011. (N11-18)
10/7/2011Commercial Trip Limit Adjustments
  Effective immediately, the possession limits for the commercial harvest for scup, bluefish, black sea bass have been adjusted.
9/23/2011ASMFC Public Hearing on Draft Addendum V to the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan
  The DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting ASMFC Public Hearings on Atlantic Menhaden management. (N11-16)
Public Hearings to be held September 28, 2011, October 5, 2011 and October 12, 2011
9/22/2011Notice to Scup Fishermen
  The recreational scup fishery closure scheduled to occur on September 27 (October 12 for Party/Charter vessels) has been suspended. (N11-15)
9/15/2011ASMFC Public Hearing on Draft Addendum XVII to the American Lobster Fishery Management Plan
  The DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Public Hearings on American lobster management. These hearings have been scheduled to take place in Bridgeport, Old Lyme and New Haven in an effort to provide convenient locations for fishermen to attend. (N11-14)
Hearings to be held on September 20, 2011, September 22, 2011 and October 4, 2011.
9/9/2011Notice to Commercial Black Sea Bass Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Monday, September 12, 2011, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass is reduced to zero pounds. (N11-13)
9/1/2011Notice to Lobster Pot Fishermen
  Posted are maps showing the locations of CT DEEP monthly trawl survey sites to be sampled during September and October 2011 from the R/V John Dempsey.
8/24/2011Notice to Commercial Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, September 1, 2011, the commercial spiny dogfish fishery for the northern states is closed. (N11-12)
8/3/2011Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, August 4, 2011, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder is increased to 300 pounds. (N11-11)
4/7/2011Declaration of Regulation Change
  Effective during 2011 there will be a number of changes in Department sport fishing regulations. (N10-11)
4/4/2011Long Island Sound Trawl Survey - Spring and Fall 2011
  Monthly Trawl Survey Maps showing the locations of CT DEP monthly trawl survey sites to be sampled during 2011 from the research vessel John Dempsey have been posted on the DEP's website. (N11-09)
3/11/2011ASMFC Draft Lobster Addendum XVII
  The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Plan Development Team has completed a draft addendum to be considered by the Lobster Management Board at its March 21 meeting in Alexandria, VA. (N11-06)
3/3/2011Declaration of Regulation Change
  Changes to commercial fishing regulations regarding summer flounder have been made effective March 13, 2011. (N11-05)
3/3/2011ASMFC Public Hearing on Black Sea Bass Draft Addendum XXI
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Public Hearing on black sea bass management. (N11-04)
Public Hearing to be held March 8, 2011
Public comments accepted until March 18, 2011
1/27/2011ASMFC Public Hearing on Tautog Informational Meeting on 2011 Recreational Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Measures
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Public Hearing on Tautug Management and also an informational meeting to hear public input on proposed approaches to meet the mandatory harvest target for the 2011 recreational summer flounder, scup and black sea bass fisheries. (N11-02)
Public Hearing to be held February 8, 2011

2010
12/30/2010Declaration of Regulation Change
  A number of changes in Department Commercial Fishing regulations will be effective in 2011. (N11-01)
12/8/2010Meeting to Discuss 2011 Commercial Summer Flounder and Scup Quotas
  The Marine Fisheries Division is hosting an informal meeting of summer flounder, scup and black sea bass endorsement letter holders and seafood dealers to discuss 2011 trip limits with regard to strategies to best manage Connecticut's commercial allocations of these species in the coming year. (N10-29)
Meeting to be held Friday, December 17, 2010
12/2/2010Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Friday, December 3, 2010, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder is increased to 1,500 pounds. (N10-28)
12/2/2010Public Informational Meeting for Connecticut Lobstermen
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding an informational meeting on lobster management. (N10-27)
Public Hearing to be held December 21, 2010
11/16/2010Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen
  Effective 0001 hours, Saturday, November 13, 2010, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder is increased to 1,000 pounds. (N10-24)
10/28/2010Commercial Black Sea Bass Closure
  Effective immediately, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass will be reduced to zero pounds for all gear types. (N10-23)
10/15/2010Commercial Black Sea Bass Closure
  Effective 0001 hours Wednesday, October 20, 2010, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass will be reduced to zero pounds. (N10-22)
10/1/2010Notice to Commercial Scup Fishermen
  Effective immediately the possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup is increased to 300 pounds for all gear types except lobster pots. The possition limit for lobster pots remains 10 fish. (N10-21)
9/23/2010Commercial Fisheries Possession Limit Adjustment and Reminders on Quota Managed Species
  An adjustment and reminders with regard to bluefish, black sea bass scup and summer flounder in the commercial fishery. (N10-18)
9/23/2010Declaration of Regulation Change
  Porbeagle shark closure will be effective September 25, 2010 and scup commercial possession and landing limits have been modified effective November 1, 2010. (N10-20)
9/16/2010Recreational Fishery Reminder of Black Sea Bass Regulation Change
  This is a reminder that the 2010 open season for black sea bass in the recreational fishery has been extended. (N10-19)
8/18/2010Commercial Spiny Dogfish Closure
  Effective 0001 hours, Wednesday, August 25, 2010, the commercial spiny dogfish fishery for the northern states is closed. (N10-17)
8/11/2010Declaration of Regulation Change
  Effective during 2010 there will be a number of changes in State commercial fishing regulations. (10-16)
7/27/2010Commercial Scup Possession Limit Change
  Effective 0001 hours Sunday, August 1, 2010, the Connecticut possession limits for the commercial harvest of scup will be reduced. (N10-15)
7/20/2010Lobster Meeting Materials Available
  The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Lobster Management Board will meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, RI on July 22, 2010. The meeting agenda and meeting materials package are available through the DEP web site along with the presentation used at the informational meetings the DEP Marine Fisheries Division held last week. (N10-14)
Meeting will be held July 22, 2010 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
6/24/2010National Marine Fisheries Service Announces Sea Turtle Observer Requirement Including LIS Fisheries
  The National Marine Fisheries Service 2010 Annual Determination identified fisheries that will be required to take fishery observers upon NMFS'request to learn more about sea turtle interactions in a given fishery. (N10-13)
6/24/2010Public Informational Meeting for Connecticut Lobstermen
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding an informational meeting to update lobstermen on the recent activities of the ASMFC American Lobster Technical Committee and Management Board. (N10-12)
Public Hearings to be held July 12, 2010 and July 15, 2010
6/24/2010ASMFC Hearing on Draft Addendum II to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan fo Striped Bass
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to take public comment on draft Addendum II to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Striped Bass. (N10-11)
Public Hearing to be held on July 13, 2010 and July 14, 2010
6/8/2010Declaration of Regulation Change
  Effective 2010, the Department has revised sport fishing regulations for black sea bass. (N10-10)
5/13/2010Lobster Vent Size Increase Required July 1, 2010
  Effective July 1, 2010, all lobster traps set in Lobster Management Area 6 are required to have a minimum escape vent size of 2 inches by 5-3/4 inches rectangular or 2-5/8 inches circular. (N10-09)
4/29/2010Notice to Lobster Pot Fishermen
  Reminder: May and June Long Island Sound Survey Sites. This is to remind lobster pot fishermen of the locations of the CT DEP monthly trawl survey sites to be sampled from the R/V John Dempsey.
4/15/2010Declaration of Regulation Change
  Effective during 2010, the Department has made changes to a number of commercial fishing regulations. (N10-12)
4/7/20102010 Connecticut Angler's Guide is Available
  A printed version of the 2010 Connecticut Angler's guide will be available after April 7, 2010. (N10-06)
3/26/2010Declaration of Regulation Change
  Effective during 2010 a number of changes in Department sport fishing regulations will take place. (N10-05)
2/22/2010Public Informational Meeting on 2010 Recreational Summer Flounder Fishery Measures
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding an informational meeting to hear public input on proposed approaches to meet mandatory harvest target reductions for the 2010 recreatinal summer flounder fishery. (N10-04)
Public Hearing to be held March 10, 2010
2/2/2010Declaration of Regulation Change
  Effective February 12, 2010, no person shall possess or land smooth dogfish taken by any recreational or commercial fishing gear or for commercial purposes. (N03-10)
2/2/2010Declaration of Regulation Change
  The commercial and recreational fishery for Sandbar Sharks will close effective February 10, 2010, and will remain in effect until further notice. (N10-02)
2/1/2010Declaration of Regulation Change
  The commercial fishing for small coastal sharks will close effective February 2, 2010, and will remain in effect until further notice. (N10-01)

2009
12/16/2009Declaration of Regulation Change Lobster Gauge Size Increase
  Effective January 1, 2010, the minimum carapace length of 3-3/8 inches is required for all lobsters taken from Lobster Management Area 6.
12/7/2009Commercial Scup Closure
  Effective 0001 hours, Wednesday, December 9, 2009, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup will be reduced to zero pounds. (N09-32)
12/7/2009Meeting to Discuss 2009 Commercial Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Quotas
  The Marine Fisheries Division is hosting an informal meeting of summer flounder, scup and black sea bass endorsement letter holders and seafood dealers to discuss 2009 trip limits with regard to strategies to best manage Connecticut's commercial allocations of these species for the coming year. (N09-31)
Meeting to be held December 14, 2009
11/10/2009Commercial Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Possession Limit Changes
  Effective 0001 hours, Saturday, November 14, 2009, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to 75 pounds. Effective 0001 hours, Saturday, November 14, 2009, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass will be reduced to zero pounds for all gear types. (N09-28)
10/21/2009Declaration of Regulation Change
  Department regulations with regard to sport fishing and commercial fishing winter flounder willa be effective November 1, 2009. (N09-27)
10/19/2009Commercial Fishing Possession and Landing Limit Adjustment
  Commercial fishing possession and landing limit adjustments for summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, bluefish and winter flounder. (N09-26)
9/24/2009Commercial Fisheries Possession Limit Adjustments
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, September 7, 2009, the commercial spiny dogfish fishery for the northern states is closed. Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, October 1, 2009, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish is increased from 500 to 1,000 pounds. The Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup will remain zero pounds for all gear types through October 31. (N09-25)
9/16/2009Commercial Scup Closure
  The commercial fishery trip limit for the harvest of scup will be zero pounds effective 0001 hours, Saturday, September 19, 2009. (N09-24)
9/16/2009ASMFC Hearing on American Shad, Scup and Striped Bass Interstate Fishery Management Plan Amendments
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission to take public comment on draft amendments to fishery management plans governing American shad, scup and striped bass. (N09-23)
Public Hearing to be held October 6, 2009
8/27/2009Notice to Lobster Fishermen Gauge Size Increase Required January 1, 2010
  Addendum XI to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster requires that the minimum carapace length in Long Island Sound be increased by 1/16 inch to 3-3/8 inches effective January 1, 2010. (N09-22)
8/26/2009Declaration of Regulation Change
  Changes have been made in Department regulations regarding spiny dogfish to be effective September 3, 2009. (N09-21)
8/21/2009Declaration of Regulation Change
  Changes in Department regulations with regard to Scup will become effective on September 1, 2009. (N09-20)
8/14/2009Council and Board Set 2010 Specifications
  The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass and Bluefish Boards met last week and achieved consensus on their recommendations to the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding proposed fishing regulations for 2010. (N09-19)
7/9/2009Commercial Scup Possession Limit Change
  Effective 0001 hours Saturday, July 18, 2009, the Connecticut possession limits for the commercial harvest of scup will be reduced. (N09-18)
7/9/2009Declaration of Fishery Closure
  Effective July 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009, no person shall possess or land any of the following coastal shark species taken by any commercial fishing gear or for commercial purposes: silky, tiger, blacktip, spinner, bull, lemon, nurse, scalloped hammerhead, great hammerhead, smooth hammerhead. (N09-17)
7/2/2009Saltwater Fishing License Now Required in Connecticut
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that a saltwater fishing license, now required by state law to fish in Long Island Sound, can be conveniently purchased online through the DEP Web site.
6/23/2009Connecticut Marine Waters Fishing License: Update
  A marine waters fishing license is current not required. (N09-16)
6/22/2009Declaration of Regulation Change
  Effective August 1, 2009, the August 1 - October 31 period commercial fishery possession limits for summer flounder have changed. (N09-15)
6/11/2009Connecticut Marine Waters Fishing License: Basic Facts
  Effective June 15, 2009, a Marine Waters Fishing License is required of anyone, age 16 and over, fishing in the Marine District from shore or a private vessel or landing marine fish in Connecticut taken from outside Connecticut waters. Passengers fishing on a Connecticut registered party or charter fishing vessel are exempt from the Marine Waters Fishing License requirement. (N09-14)
6/8/2009Consumption Advisory Updated for Striped Bass & Bluefish
  The Connecticut Department of Public Health, in coordination with similar actions in six other East Coast states, updated its fish consumption advisory for striped bass and bluefish, species commonly caught in Long Island Sound. (N09-13)
6/2/2009Declaration of Regulation Change
  Effective June 1, 2009 the June 1 - August 31 period commercial fishery possession limits for scup have changed. (N09-10)
5/20/2009Notice to Lobster Pot Fishermen
  April, May and June Long Island Sound Trawl Survey sites. This letter is to inform lobster pot fishermen of the locations of the CT DEP monthly trawl survey sites to be sampled during April, May and June from the R/V John Dempsey.
5/15/2009Current Lobster Stock Information Now Available
  The Marine Fisheries Division has posted new material on its website. This includes the latest lobster monitoring project report, which describes the current status of the Long Island Sound lobster population and the Connecticut commercial lobster fishery. (N09-12)
4/28/2009Declaration of Regulation Change
  Changes in department regulations in the commercial fishery possession limits for spiny dogfish will be effective May 4, 2009. (N09-09)
4/8/2009Declaration of Regulation Change
  Changes to the commercial fishery possession limits for summer flounder will be effective May 1, 2009. (N09-07)
4/8/2009Declaration of Regulation Change
  Recreational fishing regulations changes for summer flounder and black sea bass have been made and are effective May 1, 2009. (N09-06)
3/30/2009ASMFC Hearing of Draft Addendum 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Winter Flounder
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to take public comment on Draft Addendum 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Winter Flounder. (N09-05)
Public Hearing to be held April 14, 2009
3/19/2009Commercial Scup Possession Limit Change
  Effective 0001 hours on Thursday, March 19, 2009, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup is reduced to 1,000 pounds. (N09-04)
3/19/2009Commercial Black Sea Bass
  Effective 0001 hours Friday, March 20, 2009, the Connecticut possession limits for the commercial harvest of black sea bass will be reduced to zero pounds for all gear types except lobster pots. (N09-03)
2/19/2009Public Informational Meeting on 2009 Recreational Summer Flounder Fishery Measures
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding an informational meeting to hear public input on proposed approaches to meet mandatory harvest target reductions for the 2009 recreational summer flounder fishery. (N09-02)
Meeting to be held March 3, 2009
2/3/2009Notice of Recreational Lobstering Seminar
  The Connecticut ENCON Police will be hosting an informational seminar for recreational lobster fishermen on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 10:00 am to 12 pm. (NO9-01)

2008
12/17/2008Declaration of Regulation Change
  Declaration of Regulation Change, Winter Period Commercial Fishery Possession Limits for Summer Flounder. (N08-34)
12/17/2008Applications Sought for New England Fishery Management Council
  The State of Connecticut is seeking interested individuals for nomination to an open seat on the New England Fishery Management Council. (N08-33)
12/10/2008Summer Flounder Commercial Possession Limit Change
  Effective 0001 hours Monday, December 15, 2008, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to 75 pounds. (N08-32)
11/25/2008Commercial Scup Closure
  Effective 0001 hours Tuesday, November 25, 2008, the Connecticut possession limits for the commercial harvest of scup will be reduced to zero pounds for all gear types. (N08-29)
11/14/2008Meeting to Discuss 2009 Commercial Summer Flounder and Scup Quotas
  The Marine Fisheries Division is hosting an informal meeting of summer flounder and scup endorsement letter holders and seafood dealers to discuss 2009 trip limits with regard to strategies to best manage Connecticut's commercial allocations of these two species in the coming year. (N08-28)
Meeting to be held November 25, 2008
11/3/2008ASMFC Hearing on Draft Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for River Herring
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to take public comment on draft Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for River Herring. (N08-27)
Public Hearing to be held November 6, 2008
Public comment accepted until 5:00 p.m. on January 1, 2009
10/17/2008Commercial Scup Fishery Possession Limit Changes
  Effective November 1, 2008, there will be a Department regulation change pertaining to scup. Also, effective November 1, 2008, the Connecticut possession limit for commercial harvest of summer flounder will be increased. (N08-25)
9/30/2008Notice to Trawl Fishermen Tautog (Blackfish) Trip Limit
  The commercial tautog fishery will reopen on October 15, 2008. At that time the possession limit for the trawl fishery will be 75 fish. The fishery will remain open at this limit through December 6, 2008, or until further notification. (N08-23)
9/25/2008Commercial Fisheries Possession Limit Adjustments
  Effective 0001 hours, Monday, September 29, 2008, the commercial spiny dogfish fishery for the northern states is closed. Effective 0001 hours, Wednesday, October 1, 2008, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish is increased from 500 to 1,000 pounds. Effective 0001 hours, Wednesday, October 1, 2008, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass for all gear types excluding lobster pots is increased to 300 pounds. (N08-24)
9/15/2008ASMFC Hearing of Draft Addendum II to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Eel
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to take public comment on draft Addendum II to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Eel. (N08-22)
9/10/2008Commercial Scup Closure
  Effective 0001 hours Saturday, September 13, 2008 the Connecticut possession limits for the commercial harvest of scup will be reduced to zero pounds for all gears types. (N08-21)
8/28/2008Commercial and Recreational Tautog (Blackfish) Seasons
  The recreational tautog fishery will be closed from September 1, 2008 through September 30, inclusive. The commercial tautog fishery will be closed from September 1, 2008 through October 14, 2008, inclusive. (N08-20)
8/25/2008Notice to Lobster Pot Fishermen
  Reminder: June Long Island Sound Trawl Survey Sites
7/29/2008Commercial Scup Possession Limit Change
  Effective 0001 hours Friday, August 1, 2008, the Connecticut possession limits for the commercial harvest of scup will be changed. (N08-18)
7/1/2008Commercial Scup Possession Limit Change
  Effective 0001 hours Friday, July 4, 2008 the Connecticut possession limits for scup will be reduced. (N08-17)
7/1/2008Declaration of Protected Class
  Section 1-217 of the Connecticut General Statutes prohibits public agencies from disclosing, under the Freedom of Information Act, the residential address of certain protected classes. (N08-16)
6/23/2008Declaration of Regulation Change
  Regulations concerning American lobster will be effective on July 2, 2008. (N08-15)
6/2/2008ASMFC Hearing of the Shad Public Information Document
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissions (ASMFC) to take public comment on the Shad Public Information Document (PID). N08-15
Public Hearing to be held June 17, 2008 at 7:00 P.M.
Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 P.M., July 25,2008
5/7/2008Notice to Lobster Pot Fishermen
  Reminder: May Long Island Sound Trawl Survey Sites. This letter is to remind lobster pot fishermen of the locations of the 40 CT DEP monthly trawl survey sites to be sampled during May from the R/V John Dempsey.
4/29/2008Notice of Regulation Public Hearing
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding a public hearing to take public comment on proposed amendments to regulations. (N08-13)
Public Hearing to be held May 19, 2008
Written comments accepted through June 2, 2008
4/17/2008Commercial Summer Flounder Possession Limit Change
  Effective 0001 hours Monday, April 21, 2008, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to 50 pounds. (N08-12)
3/26/2008Declaration of Regulation Change
  Declaration of Regulation chage, recreational Summer Flounder and Scup fishery rules effective April 5, 2008. (N08-11)
3/18/2008Lobster V-Notch Restoration Update
  November 2007 marked the official start of the Lobster Restoration Program for Long Island Sound. This program was funded by the Connecticut General Assembly in the amount of $1.0 million and is intended to help restore the population of lobsters in Long Island Sound while providing economic assistance to lobstermen who volunteer to participate in the program. (N08-08)
3/14/2008Commercial Scup Possession Limit Change
  Effective 0001 hours Sunday, March 16, 2008, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup will be reduced to 1,000 pounds. (N08-09)
3/5/2008ASMFC Hearing of Draft Addenda XII & XIII to Amendment 3 of the Interstate Fishery Mangement Plan for American Lobster
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to take public comment of draft Addenda XII and XIII to Amendment 3 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster (N08-07)
Hearing to be held March 19, 2008
Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM on April 11, 2008
2/29/2008Notice of Recreational Lobstering Seminar
  The Connecticut ENCON Police will be hosting an informationa seminar for recreational lobster fishermen. (N08-06)
Seminar will be held April 13, 2008
2/26/2008Public Informational Meeting on 2008 Recreational Summer Flounder Fishery Measures
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Divisioin is holding an informational meeting to hear public input on proposed approaches to meet mandatory harvest target reductions for the 2008 recreational summer flounder fishery. (N08-05)
Meeting to be held March 11, 2008
2/26/2008ASMFC Comment Period for Draft Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Coastal Sharks
  The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is accepting comments on the Draft Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Sharks. (N08-04)
Written comments accepted until 5:00 p.m. on March 28, 2008
1/23/2008Notice to Commercial Scup Fishermen
  The landing limit for the commercial harvest of scup is 30,000 pounds per two-week period per license holder, regardless of where landed, until 80% of the coast wide "Winter I" scup quota is landed, at which time the trip limit will be 1,000 pounds. (N08-03)
1/15/2008Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen
  Reminder: During the period when the commercial trip limit for summer flounder is 1,500 pounds, vessels are limited to two trips per week. (N08-01)
1/14/2008Notice to Lobster Dealers, Wholesalers and Retailers
  This notice is a reminder to seafood dealers, wholesalers, shippers and retailers (including restaurants) that it is illegal in Connecticut to buy, sell, give away, offer for sale or possess, regardless where taken, any lobster with a carapace (body shell) less than 3-1/16 inces in length.

2007
12/26/2007Declaration of Regulation Change
  Declaration of Regulation Change, commercial and recreational tautog (blackfish) fishery rules effective January 4, 2008. (N07-33)
11/23/2007ASMFC Hearing on the Public Information Document for Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Shad and River Herring
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to take public comment on the Public Information Document for Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Shad and River Herring. (N07-30)
Public Hearing to be held December 11, 2007
Public comment due by January 28, 2008, 5:00 p.m.
11/21/2007Commercial Summer Flounder Fishery Closure
  Effective 0001 hours Sunday, November 25, 2007 the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to zero pounds. (N07-31)
10/26/2007Commercial Bluefish and Black Sea Bass Fishermen Possession Limit Adjustments
  Effective immediately, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish is increased from 500 to 1,000 pounds. (N07-29)
10/23/2007Notice to Fishermen Marine Fisheries Regulation Changes
  The Department of Environmental Protection has recently implemented regulations that affect commercial and recreational fishermen. (N07-28)
10/23/2007Commercial Scup and Summer Flounder Possession Limit Adjustments
  Effective 0001 hours Thursday, October 25, 2007 the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of Scup by non-federal permit holders is increased to 400 pounds for all gear types excluding lobster pots.
10/19/2007Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Final Rule Published by NMFS
  NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service has published a final rule on amending the regulations for the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan as mandated under the Marine Mannal and Endangered Species Act. (N07-27)
9/28/2007Commercial Spiny Dogfish Closure
  Effective 0001 hours, Wednesday, October 3, 2007, the commercial spiny dogfish fishery for the northern states is closed. (N07-24)
9/20/2007Commercial Summer Flounder Fishery Reopening
  Effective 0001 hours Monday September 24, 2007 the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reinstated at 75 pounds. (N07-23)
9/14/2007Public Informational Meeting of 2008 Tautog (Blackfish) Fishery Measures
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding a public informational meeting to hear public input on proposed approaches to meet mandatory harvest target reductions for the 2008 tautog fishery. (N07-21)
Public Meeting to be held October 3, 2007
8/17/2007Commercial Summer Flounder Fishery Closure
  Effective 0001 hours Saturday, August 25, 2007 the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to zero pounds. (N07-20)
7/26/2007Commercial Scup Possession Limit Change
  Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, July 29, 2007, the Connecticut trip limits for the commercial harvest of scup will be reduced. (07-19)
6/22/2007ASMFC Hearing on Draft Addendum V to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog (Blackfish)
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fishries Commission to take public comment on Draft Addendum V to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Tautog (Blackfish).(N07-18)
Meeting to be held July 11, 2007
Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., July 27, 2007
6/11/2007Notice to Lobster Pot Fishermen Reminder: June Long Island Sound Trawl Survey Sites
  This letter is a reminder to lobster pot fishermen of the locations of the 43 CT DEP Monthly trawl survey sites to be sampled during June from the R/V John Dempsey.
6/5/2007ASMFC Hearing on Draft Addendum XIX to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass
  The DEP Marine Fisheries division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine fisheries Commission to take public comment on Draft Addendum XIX to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass. (N07-17)
Public Hearing to be held June 13, 2007
Written comments accepted until 5:00 p.m., July 11, 2007
5/11/2007Approval of Addendum XI to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster
  The American Lobster Management Board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved Addendum XI to Amendment 3 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster. (N07-14)
5/4/2007Notice to Fishermen - Proposed Regulation Changes and Public Hearing
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding a public hearing to take public comment on proposed amendments to regulations. The proposed amendments affect the commercial fisheries for lobster, summer flounder, scup and black sea bass and the recreational fisheries for summer flounder and weakfish. (N07-13)
Public hearing to be held May 21, 2007
Written comments accepted through June 4, 2007
4/19/2007Revised 2007 Guidelines for the Commercial Hand-Harvest of Horseshoe Crabs
  New regulations that became effective March 1, 2007, implemented significant changes to the Connecticut horseshoe crab hand-harvest fishery. (N07-12)
4/4/2007Notice to Lobster Fishermen ASMFC Hearing of Draft Addendum XI to Amendment 3 to the American Lobster Fishery Management Plan
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Draft Addendum XI to Amendment 3 to the American Lobster Fishery Management Plan. (N07-10)
Meeting will be held April 17, 2007
4/2/2007Notice to Recreational Fishermen Reminder of Marine Recreational Fishery Rules
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division would like to remind recreational fishermen of the rules governing popular sport fish. (N07-11)
3/22/2007Notice to Recreational Summer Flounder Fishermen Declaration of Regulation Change
  Effective April 2, 2007, recreational summer flounder regulations will change. (N07-09)
3/12/2007Notice to Fishermen ASMFC Hearing on Draft Amendment 14 to the Scup Fishery Management Plan
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Draft Amendment 14 to the Scup Fishery Management Plan. (N07-07)
3/9/2007Notice to Fishermen Marine Fisheries Regulation Changes
  The Department of Environmental Protection has recently implemented regulations that affect commercial and recreational fishermen. (N07-06)
2/28/2007Notice to Commercial Fishermen Summer Flounder Possession Limit Change
  Effective 0001 hours Monday, March 5, 2007 the Connecticut trip limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to 50 pounds. (N07-05)
2/9/2007Public Informational Meeting on 2007 Recreational Summer Flounder Fishery Measures
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding a public informational meeting to hear public input on proposed approaches to meet mandatory harvest target reductions for the 2007 recreational summer flounder fishery. (N07-04)
Meeting will be held on February 28, 2007.
1/23/2007Notice to Commercial Lobstermen Interested in Participating in the Connecticut Cooperative V-Notch Program
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division will hold an information meeting to inform resident commercial lobstermen about requirements for participating in the v-notch program.(N07-03)
Meeting will be held February 1, 2007
1/11/2007Notice to Commercial Lobstermen Interested in Participating in the Connecticut Cooperative V-Notch Program
  DEP Marine Fisheries Division will hold an informational meeting for resident commercial lobstermen who wish to participate in the Connecticut Cooperative Lobster Restoration Program. (N07-02)
Meeting will be held January 22, 2007
1/11/2007Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen
  Beginning January 22, 2007, prior to departing on any trip in which summer flounder will be possessed, fishermen must notify DEP Environmental Police Dispatch. (N07-01)

2006
10/3/2007Notice to Commercial Fishermen Bluefish Possession Limit Change
  Effective immediately the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish is increased from 500 pounds to 1,000 pounds. (N06-20)
12/22/2006Notice to Commercial Lobstermen
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Divisiion will hold an informal meeting to inform resident commercial lobstermen who fish in the "Race" of LIS of potential regulatory actions by the National Marine Fisheries Service for Atlantic Large Whale protective measures. (N06-30)
Meeting will be held January 4, 2007)
12/19/2006Notice to Fishermen
  The Connecticut Marine Fisheries Information Circular will be mailed separately to all license holders in early 2007. (N06-29)
12/19/2006Notice to Commercial Fishermen Spiny Dogfish Closure
  Effective immediately, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of spiny dogfish will be reduced to zero pounds. (N06-27)
12/1/2006Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen Informational Meeting on Summer Flounder Commercial Fishery Measures for 2007
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding an informal public meeting to solicit input on 2007 commercial trip limits for summer flounder. (N06-26)
Meeting to be held December 13, 2006
10/20/2006Notice to Commercial fishermen and Lobster License Holders Regulation Public Hearing
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding a public meeting to take comment on proposed amendments to regulations affecting the commercial fisheries for lobster, summer flounder, horseshoe crabs, spiny dogfish and quota managed species. (N06-24)
10/20/2006Notice to Commercial Fishermen & Dealers Declaration of Regulation Change
  Declaration of Regulation change for Winter II Period, commercial fishery possession limits for s;cup and Quota Period II, commercial fishery possession limits for spiny dogfish. (N06-23)
10/5/2006Notice to Commercial Fishermen Scup Possession Limit Change
  Effective October 7, 2006, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup will be increased to 900 pounds. (N06-22)
9/22/2006Notice to Commercial Fishermen Spiny Dogfish Fishery Closure
  Effective September 25, 2006, the Connecticut possessiion limit for the commercial harvest of spiny dogfish will be reduced to zero pounds. (N06-19)
9/13/2006Notice to Lobstermen ASMFC Public Hearing/V-Notch Plan Overview
  DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a public hearing/public informational meeting with regard to Amendment 5 of the Fisheries Management Plan for American Lobster and for the lobster v-notch conservation program.
Public Hearing to be held on September 25, 2006 (N06-18)
8/18/2006Notice to Recreational Fishermen Regulation Public Hearing
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding a public hearing to take public comment on proposed amendments to regulations. (N06-17)
Public hearing to be held September 7, 2006
8/8/2006Notice to Commercial Fishermen Summer Flounder Fishery Closure
  Effective August 12, 2006, the Connecticut possession limit for commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to zero pounds. (N06-16)
7/26/2006Notice to Commercial Fishermen Summer Flounder Possession Limit Change
  Effective August 1, 2006, the Connecticut trip limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to 100 pounds. (N06-15)
6/30/2006Notice to Lobster Dealers, Wholesalers and Retailers
  Any lobster acquired from a Connecticut lobster license holder on or after July 1, 2006 must be 3-5/16" or greater carapace length. (N06-14)
6/30/2006Notice to Lobster Fishermen & Dealers Lobster V-Notch Program
  The Connecticut General Assembly enacted Public Act 06-187 to establish a lobster stock restoration program based on v-notching and release of mature female lobsters. (N06-13)
6/14/2006Notice to Lobster Fishermen & Dealers Declaration of Regulation Change
  Declaration of Regulation Change, commercial and personal use lobster fishery rules effective July 1, 2006.
6/14/2006Notice to Lobster Fishermen & Dealers Declaration of Regulation Change
  Declaration of Regulation Change, commercial and personal use lobster fishery rules effective July 1, 2006. (N06-12)
5/12/2006Clarification Notice to Lobster Dealers, Wholesalers and Retailers
  Because the Legislative intent is clear and it is anticipated that the Governor will sign the bill into law in the near future, the Department will not enforce the 3-9/32 inches gauge size as it applies to lobsters possessed by dealers, wholesalers and shippers engaged in interstate transportation of lobsters, so long as certain conditions are met. (N06-11)
5/11/2006Notice to Lobster Dealers, Wholesalers and Retailers - Pending Statute Changes
  On April 18, 2006 the Department mailed a notice to lobster dealers, wholesalers and retailers announcing newly implemented regulations that prohibited, in Connecticut, the possession and sale by anyone of lobsters less than 3-9/32 inches in carapace (body shell) length. Subsequently, on May 3, 2006, the Connecticut General Assembly passed House Bill 5846 that, among other things, implements provisions that provide relief to businesses involved in the interstate commerce of lobsters. This notice explains those provisions, which do not become effective until the governor signs the bill.
4/19/2006Recreational Fishing Regulations Effective on April 30, 2006.
  The following recreational fishing regulations will be effective on April 30, 2006.
4/18/2006Implementation of 3-9/32 Inch Minimum Carapce Length for Lobsters
  All Lobsters Possessed or Offered for Sale in Connecticut must be at Least 3-9/32 inches Carapace Length
3/28/2006Summer Flounder Possession Limit Change
  Effective 0001 Hours Saturday, April 1, 2006 the Connecticut trip limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be reduced to 100 pounds.
3/23/2006ASMFC Hearing on Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Plan Amendments XIV and XV
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissionís (ASMFC) Public Information Document (PID) concerning Amendments XIV and XV.
3/16/2006ASMFC Hearing on Lobster Managment Plan Addendum VIII
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissionís (ASMFC) Draft Addendum VIII to Amendment 3 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster.
3/9/2006Informational Meeting on Summer Flounder
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is holding an informal public meeting to solicit input on alternatives for meeting a mandated 24% reduction in Connecticutís recreational harvest of summer flounder in 2006.
3/9/2006ASMFC Public Hearing Concerning Horseshoe Crab
  The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a public hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, for public review and comment on Draft Addendum IV to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Horseshoe Crab.
2/7/2006Scup Winter Possession Limit
  The landing limit for the commercial harvest of scup is 30,000 pounds per two-week period per license holder, regardless of where landed, until 80% of the coast wide 'winter I' scup quota is landed, at which time the trip limit will be 1000 pounds.