DEEP: Commercial Black Sea Bass

Commercial Black Sea Bass

March 19, 2009

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.

No person shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board black sea bass for the remainder of the "Winter 1 Period" (until June 1) while on Connecticut’s waters, except that lobster fishermen may possess 10 black sea bass when using lobster pots and in possession of lobsters.

The DEP estimates that 45% of the commercial black sea bass quota allocated to Connecticut for 2009 has been landed. State regulations require that the possession limits be reduced to zero pounds for all gears except lobster pots once 45% of the quota has been reported landed between January 1 and May 31.

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.

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