DEEP: Declaration of Regulation Change

Declaration of Regulation Change

March 26, 2008

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. Such changes are implemented after a 10-day notice period.

In accordance with the aforementioned authority, the following recreational fishing regulations will be effective on April 5, 2008.

Summer flounder Recreational Fishery Rules

            Minimum length: 19.5 inches total length.

            Daily Creel Limit: 5 fish.

            Open Season: May 24 through September 1.

Scup Recreational Fishery Rules

 Fishery  Open Season   Creel Limit  Minimum Length
Private/rental boat and
shore fishermen 
May 24 - Sept 26  10 fish  10.5 inches 
Passengers on 
party/charter boats 
June 12 - Aug 31
Sept 1 - Oct 15 
10 fish 
45 fish
11 inches
11 inches

For the past two years, the states from New York to Massachusetts, which collectively take 97% of the recreational scup harvest, have agreed to a regional management approach whereby the four states adopt identical length, creel limits and open seasons of the same duration (dates may vary by state). In 2008, the region is required to achieve a 53% reduction in harvest. Anglers and representatives from the marine fisheries divisions of each state met in January and agreed to adopt a 126 day open season, a 10.5 inch minimum size and a 10 fish creel limit. Passengers on vessels operating under a party/charter vessel registration will be prohibited from harvesting fish less than 11 inches and be limited to 10 fish per angler, except for a 45-day "bonus season" during which 45 fish may be possessed.

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.  (N08-11)

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