DEEP: Notice to Trawl Fishermen Tautog (Blackfish) Trip Limit

Notice to Trawl Fishermen

Tautog (Blackfish) Trip Limit

September 30, 2008

The commercial tautog fishery will reopen 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. Possession limits for other gear types remain unchanged.

On January 4, 2008 the Department of Environmental Protection implemented interim rules regarding commercial harvest and possession of tautog. These rules included a reduction in the trawl fishery possession limit from 75 fish to 50 fish as part of an overall plan to comply with mandatory provisions of the Tautog Fishery Management Plan (FMP) of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The interim rule lowering the possession limit in the trawl fishery to 50 fish expired August 31, 2008. The department initiated formal rule making and held a public hearing on proposed permanent regulations on May 19, 2008. We anticipate that the permanent regulations will be approved and implemented this fall, possibly before the season closes December 6, 2008. We will issue another notice detailing the permanent regulations when they become effective.

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.  (N08-23)

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