DEEP: Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen

DEP Marine Fisheries News

Notice to Commercial Summer Flounder Fishermen

December 2, 2010



Effective 0001 hours, Friday, December 3, 2010 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder is increased to 1,500 pounds.

Summer Flounder Quota Status: As of December 2, 2010: 87% of the annual quota has been harvested.

State regulations (RCSA 26-159a-10(c)) provide that if on or after October 1, the summer flounder quota is projected not to be landed, the possession limit is to be adjusted, such that the expected number of trips the fleet will make will allow for full utilization of Connecticutís commercial quota.

Notification Procedure Reminder

State regulations require that fishermen making trips while the summer flounder possession limit is 1,500 pound or greater inform the DEP EnCon Police dispatch at 860-424-3503 prior to the vesselís departure. Please be prepared to provide the vesselís name, and federal permit number, the captainís name, the departure date and time, the estimated return date and time, and expected port of landing.

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 agencyís 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.