DEEP: Commercial Smooth Dogfish Closure

Commercial Smooth Dogfish Closure
August 4, 2016
Effective 0001 hours Sunday August 7, 2016, the smooth dogfish commercial fishery possession limit will be reduced to zero pounds. The Department estimates that 100% of the annual smooth dogfish quota of 6,195 pounds allocated to Connecticut for 2016 will be harvested by August 7th.


All commercial fishery possession limits apply to the aggregate of all persons on board the vessel per trip or per day whichever is the longer period of time. Transfer of these species between vessels at sea is prohibited. When any person on a vessel is commercial fishing, the commercial possession limit applies to the entire vessel and no person on that vessel may also possess fish under a recreational creel limit.

Black Sea Bass: 10 fish Black Sea Bass License Endorsement required

Summer Flounder: 100 pounds Summer Flounder License Endorsement required

 For Scup License Endorsement holders: 750 pounds;
 For Restricted Commercial Fishing License Holders NOT holding a Scup License Endorsement: 60 fish;
 In the lobster pot fishery when in possession of lobsters but NOT holding a Scup License Endorsement: 10 fish.

Tautog: Open July 1 August 31
 10 fish Under a Limited Access License (Principal Commercial Fishing or General Commercial Fishing Licenses);
 4 fish Under either a Restricted Commercial Fishing License, or Restricted Commercial Lobster Pot Fishing License.

Bluefish: 1,000 pounds

American lobster:
Reminder: The closed season for lobster is September 8 through November 28, inclusive. This closure applies to all gears, recreational and commercial in Lobster Management Area 6 (Long Island Sound).

Atlantic menhaden: 6,000 pounds

Weakfish: 100 pounds

Winter flounder: 50 pounds or 38 fish unless the fish were taken in federal waters under a federal groundfish permit

Spiny dogfish: 5,000 pounds
Jonah crab: Effective January 15, 2016 in the commercial fishery no Jonah crab less than 4.75 inches carapace width may be possessed or sold. Possession of egg bearing Jonah crabs or crabs from which the eggs have been removed is prohibited. Jonah crabs must also be landed whole. Landing claws only is prohibited. Possession of more than two loose claws per body is prohibited. The possession limit in non-trap fisheries is 200 crabs per day or 500 crabs per trip. There is no possession limit in the lobster pot fishery. (Connecticut licensing statutes do not allow crabs to be taken by pots other than lobster pots.) Please note the non-trap limit was revisited by the ASFMC Lobster Board (which oversees Jonah crab management) in Addendum I this spring. Through that Addendum, the non-trap possession limit will increase to 1,000 crabs effective January 2017.

For current commercial fishery trip limits and quota status:
Call 860-434-6374 24/7 for a recorded message of current possession limits, or see:

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.

The information provided in this notice is a summary of possession limits only. For complete information on commercial fishing regulations please see:, or 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.

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