DEEP: Notice to Commercial Fishermen and Seafood Dealers

Notice to Commercial Fishermen and Seafood Dealers

December 28, 2011

As you know, fishing and dealer license applications for 2012 were mailed last week. We understand that many fishermen have not yet received their applications and the new fishing year is just a few days away. Those applications should arrive in the mail this week. Applications are also available at Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme, and at DEEP Licensing in Hartford. Application forms will also be available at the Stonington Town Dock Office today. We apologize for any inconvenience this delay in delivery may cause. Fishermen and dealers holding valid 2011 licenses and permits may continue to operate through January 15 with their 2011 licenses/permits.

Please mail the completed form(s) as soon as possible with a check for the required amount to:

DEEP Licensing
79 Elm Street, 1st Floor
Hartford, CT 06106

New for 2012: Connecticut has developed a new licensing computer system.
· License applications have a new look and require some new information.
· Commercial fishermen and personal use license holders will have only one license number and license plate regardless of the number of licenses held. Party/Charter boats and dealers will continue to have separate numbers. In general, if you held a Commercial Fishing License or Commercial Lobster Pot License in the past, that license number is now your only number. If you held a Personal Use Lobster License or a Commercial Finfish License that license number is now your number. If you would like to switch the number assigned to you with another license number that you have held in the past, please contact Matt Gates at the DEEP Marine Fisheries Office (see contact information below). 
· License decals are no longer required and will not be issued.

Reminder to Seafood Dealers:

All individuals or firms who purchase for resale, any lobsters, crabs including horseshoe crabs, squid, sea scallops, and finfish from commercial fishermen, landed in Connecticut including federally permitted dealers, must obtain a Connecticut Seafood Dealer’s license.

For further information:

Contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries Division by mail at PO Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371-0719, by email at, or by telephone at 860.434.6043 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and service provider. In conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, DEEP 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 860-424-3035 or e-mail the ADA Coordinator, at Persons who are hearing impaired should call the State of Connecticut relay number 711.