DEEP: Commercial Fisheries Possession Limit Adjustments

Commercial Fisheries Possession Limit Adjustments

September 24, 2009

Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, September 27, 2009, the commercial spiny dogfish fishery for the northern states is closed. No license holder shall possess and no vessel shall have on board or land spiny dogfish in Connecticut after this date until May 1, 2010.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has determined that that the quota allocated to the northern states (Maine through Connecticut) will be harvested by September 27. State regulations require landings be prohibited once the allocated quota has been landed.

Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, October 1, 2009, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish is increased from 500 to 1,000 pounds. No commercial license holder shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board more than this amount while on Connecticut waters.

State regulations allow for the commercial possession limit for bluefish to increase to 1,000 pounds if less than 80% of Connecticut’s commercial quota for bluefish has been reported landed by October 1.

The Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup will remain zero pounds for all gear types through October 31.

The Department estimates that the entire summer period scup quota allocated to Connecticut has been landed. State regulations require that landings be prohibited once 100% of the summer (May through October) quota has been landed. Effective November 1, Federal regulations specify a 2,000 pound possession limit.

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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