DEEP: Notice to Commercial Horseshoe Crab Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Horseshoe Crab Fishermen

April 13, 2012

Provisions of section 26-159a-17 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies prohibit the hand-harvest of horseshoe crabs except by those fishermen that meet certain qualification criteria specified in that regulation. In the past, the Marine Fisheries Division mailed out annual Horseshoe Crab Hand-Harvest Endorsement Letters to eligible fishermen each spring. Now however, with the implementation of our new licensing system, license endorsement information is now printed on your commercial license. As a result, we will no longer be mailing out a separate endorsement letter for horseshoe crabs.

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The figure above indicates where your endorsement information appears on your license. The Horseshoe Crab Hand Harvest endorsement will only appear on your license if:

-You have met the qualification criteria necessary for that endorsement, and

-You are eligible for, and have purchased, a moratorium Commercial Finfish License or a moratorium Commercial Horseshoe Crab License.

If the Horseshoe Crab Hand Harvest endorsement does not appear on your license and you believe that you meet the two criteria above, please call the DEEP Marine Fisheries Division at 860-434-6043 during business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm), or email us at

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. (Rev 06/2011)