DEEP: Quota Managed Species Meeting Notice

Quota Managed Species Meeting Notice

December 2, 2016

  

A meeting of seafood dealers and commercial fishermen holding quota managed species endorsement letters has been scheduled for 3:30 pm, Thursday, December 8, 2016 at DEEP Marine Headquarters, Boating Education Center (rear building). The purpose of this meeting is to receive input on strategies to manage the 2017 commercial quotas for summer flounder, scup and black sea bass, to share access equitably among endorsement letter holders by season, optimize economic returns, and to prevent fishery closures that could lead to discarding fish.

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission have agreed on coastwide commercial quota levels to recommend to NOAA Fisheries following the requirements of the federal fishery management plans for these species. Connecticut’s share of these proposed quota levels for 2017 are as follows: scup summer period (May-Oct) 225,774 lb (251,418 lb in 2016), summer flounder is approximately 127,734 lb which is about 30% less than in 2016 (183,366 lb),and black sea bass is 27,100 lb (26,520 lb in 2016). All amounts are provisional, contingent on NOAA publication of final specifications and any adjustments for state quota overages.

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 requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any person with a disability who may need information in an alternative format may contact the agency's ADA Coordinator at 860-424-3194, or at deep.hrmed@ct.gov. Any person with limited proficiency in English, who may need information in another language, may contact the agency's Title VI Coordinator at 860-424-3035, or at deep.aaoffice@ct.gov.  Any person with a hearing impairment may call the State of Connecticut relay number - 711.  Discrimination complaints may be filed with DEEP's Title VI Coordinator. Requests for accommodations must be made at least two weeks prior to any agency hearing, program or event.

 

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