DEEP: Declaration of Regulation Change

Declaration of Regulation Change

December 26, 2007

Under authority of Section 26-159a of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 26-159a-22 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection is authorized to establish or adjust, by declaration, closed seasons, length limits, creel limits, trip limits and trip limit adjustment values in order to comply with interstate fishery management plans adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

In accordance with the aforementioned authority, the following Departmental regulations will be effective January 4, 2008 (Bold Text = change from 2007 regulations).

Tautog (Blackfish) Recreational Fishery Rules

Minimum length: 14 inches total length

Open Season

Creel Limit

January 1 - April 30


July 1 - August 31


October 1 - December 6


For the recreational fishery, the Department considered the needs of both the largely shore-based summer fishery and the largely boat-based fall fishery in implementing these new measures. Sacrificing 8 days in December provided 62 days of summer opportunity for kids, seniors and others without the means for boat-based fishing as well as for bait and tackle shops that depend on their business.

Tautog (Blackfish) Commercial Fishery Rules

Gear Group

Possession Limit


Open Season                (all gear groups*)

Hook, fish pot, trap net, fyke net, gill net



January 1 - April 30

Lobster pot



June 15 - August 31

Pound net



October 15 - December 6




* Note that the pound net fishery is now closed during the commercial closed seasons.

For further information, contact the DEP Marine Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or by telephone at 860.434.6043 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  (N07-33)

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