DEEP: Commercial Scup Fishery Possession Limit Changes

Commercial Scup Fishery Possession Limit Changes

October 17, 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 or the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Trip limit, for the purposes of this regulation, means a possession limit.

Declaration of Regulation Change for Scup

In accordance with the aforementioned authority, the following change in Department regulations pertaining to scup will be effective November 1, 2008. 


Winter II Period Commercial Fishery Possession Limits for Scup

    From November 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008, inclusive, the commercial fishery possession limit shall be 2,000 lbs. until 100% of the coastwide quota specified in the plan for this period has been landed, at which time the limit shall be zero pounds;

    Possession limits apply to the aggregate of all persons on board the vessel per trip or per day whichever is the longer period of time. Transfer of scup between vessels at sea is prohibited.

Possession Limit Adjustment for Summer Flounder

Effective 0001 hours, Saturday, November 1, 2008, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder is increased to 500 pounds. No commercial license holder shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board more than this amount while on Connecticut waters.

DEP regulations specify an adjustment to commercial summer flounder trip limits on November 1, each year, considering the balance of quota remaining. The default possession limit specified in the regulations for this period is 500 lbs.

The DEP monitors landings and adjusts trip limits according to Department regulations in an attempt to provide fishing opportunity throughout the year for all participants in the commercial fishery.  In addition, the Department strives to provide advance notification of trip limit changes, although this may not always be possible due to rapidly escalating or unanticipated landings.  In such circumstances, only a short notification period may be possible.

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. (N08-25)

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