DEEP: Notice to Lobster Fishermen

Notice to Lobster Fishermen

November 20, 2015

 

SEASON REOPENING REMINDER

This notice serves as a reminder of the upcoming reopening of the Long Island Sound (LMA 6) fall lobster season closure. Un-baited lobster gear may be redeployed beginning November 15th. Traps can be baited beginning Sunday, November 22, and lobsters may be possessed and landed effective Sunday, November 29th.   These rules apply to both recreational and commercial fisheries.

The September 8 through November 28 season closure, first implemented in 2013, is required under Addendum XVII to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissionís (Commission) American Lobster Fishery Management Plan. The objective of Addendum XVIIís season closure is to reduce exploitation (the percentage of animals fishing takes from the population annually) by 10% to help rebuild the broad Southern New England lobster stock, including the local Long Island Sound component. The Commission took this action in response to the low level of abundance and persistent low production of young lobsters seen over the past decade across the entire Southern New England stock complex (southern Massachusetts to Virginia, including offshore waters).

Call our 24/7 commercial fisheries info line: 860-434-6374 for a recorded message detailing current commercial fishery possession limits, quota status and reminders. Messages are updated weekly or more frequently as needed for quota managed species. This information is also available on the commercial fisheries trip limit page online: www.ct.gov/deep/TL.

For further information, contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries Division by email at deep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov, 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 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to complying with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Please contact us at (860) 418-5910 or deep.accommodations@ct.gov if you: have a disability and need a communication aid or service; have limited proficiency in English and may need information in another language; or if you wish to file an ADA or Title VI discrimination complaint.

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