DEEP: Notice to Commercial Tautog Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Tautog Fishermen

April 2, 2012


Under authority of 26-159a of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 26-159a-22 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection is authorized to establish or adjust, by declaration, closed seasons, length limits, creel limits, trip limits and trip limit adjustment values in order to meet the harvest level for efficient management and to comply with interstate fishery management plans adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).

In accordance with this authority the following conservation measures are effective 0001 hours, Wednesday April 4, 2012.

Tautog (Blackfish) (Tautoga onitis)

Closed Season. No person engaged in commercial fishing shall take, bring ashore, or possess any tautog, wherever taken, except from April 1 to April 30, July 1 to August 31, October 8 to December 24, all dates inclusive.

Commercial Fishery Possession Limit. No holder of any commercial fishing or landing license or registration permitted to take tautog from the waters of this state or to land tautog in Connecticut, regardless of where such fish are taken, shall possess more than 10 fish.

This possession limit applies to the aggregate of all persons on board the vessel per trip or per day whichever is the longer period of time. Transfer of tautog between vessels at sea is prohibited.

Minimum Legal Length. No person shall possess any fish taken by any commercial fishing gear or for commercial purposes less than 16 inches total length, and no person shall buy, sell, offer for sale or possess in a place where fish are offered for sale, any tautog less than 16 inches.

Any tautog taken contrary to this section shall, without avoidable injury, be returned immediately to the water from which taken.

For further information, contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries Division by email at, by mail at PO 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 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 860-424-3051 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.