Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
November 10, 2016
Effective 0001 hours Sunday November 13, 2016, the black sea bass commercial fishery will reopen with a possession limit of 10 fish. An error in the commercial landing reports that mistakenly reported scup as black sea bass earlier this summer was recently corrected. As a result, Connecticut has approximately 13% of its 27,000 pound quota remaining.
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.
Scup: 18,000 pounds. No Quota Managed Species License Endorsement required.
Summer flounder: 100 pounds. A Quota Managed Species License Endorsement for summer flounder is required.
Tautog: Open October 8 – December 24
• 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.
American lobster: Closed
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
Bluefish: 1,000 pounds
Smooth dogfish: Closed
Spiny dogfish: 5,000 pounds
Weakfish: 100 pounds
Winter flounder: 50 pounds or 38 fish unless the fish were taken in federal waters under a federal groundfish permit.
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: www.ct.gov/deep/TL.
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: www.ct.gov/deep/marinefishinfocirc, or contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries Division by email at email@example.com, 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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