DEEP: Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

March 27, 2015

ADJUSTMENT

Summer flounder

Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, April 5, 2015 the landing limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be decreased to 750 pounds per week (0001 hours Sunday through 2359 hours on Saturday). This adjustment is being made to allow for the commercial summer flounder fishery to remain open for the remainder of the ‘Winter 1’ period (through April 30) while not exceeding its 45% quota allocation. The possession limit applies to the aggregate of all persons on board the vessel per week. Transfer of summer flounder between vessels at sea is prohibited.

To facilitate management and enforcement of the weekly landing limit, vessel operators fishing for summer flounder must call DEEP (860-424-3505 any time 24/7) prior to departure and provide: 1) vessel name, 2) captain’s name, 3) date of departure, 4) anticipated return date, and 5) anticipated port of landing. Prior to offloading summer flounder, the vessel operator must call again and provide: 1) vessel name, 2) captain’s name, 3) port of landing and 4) the estimated weight of summer flounder onboard.

For current commercial fishery trip limits see:
www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/fishing/commercial/connecticut_commercial_trip_limits.pdf

The Department 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 DEEP Marine Fisheries Division by email at deep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov, 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.

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(N15-05)