DEEP: Notice to Commercial Scup Fishermen

DEP Marine Fisheries News

Notice to Commercial Scup Fishermen

October 1, 2010



Effective immediately, the possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup is increased to 300 pounds for all gear types except lobster pots. The possession limit for lobster pots remains 10 fish.

Scup Quota Status: As of September 30, 2010: 68% of the summer period (May 1 – Oct 31) quota has been harvested.

State regulations (RCSA 26-159a-15(c)) provide that if on or after October 1, the summer period scup quota is projected not to be landed, the possession limit is to be adjusted for all gear types, with the exception of lobster pots, such that the expected number of trips the fleet will make in October will allow for full utilization of Connecticut’s summer period commercial quota.

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 by email at, by mail at 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.

The Department of Environmental Protection is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and service provider. In conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, DEP makes every effort to provide equally effective services for persons with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities who need this information in an alternative format, to allow them to benefit and/or participate in the agency’s programs and services, should call (860)424-3051 or (860)418-5937 or e-mail Marcia Bonitto, ADA Coordinator, at Persons who are hearing impaired should call the State of Connecticut relay number 711.