DEEP: Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
December 9, 2016

Summer flounder
Effective 0001 hours, Sunday December 18, 2016 the commercial landing limit for summer flounder will be reduced to zero pounds.
The Department anticipates that approximately 100% of the quota allocated to Connecticut for 2016, will be harvested by December 18. After December 18, the Department will determine how much, if any, quota remains and will reopen the fishery at the appropriate possession limit if warranted.

Black sea bass
Effective 0001 hours, Sunday December 11, 2016, the commercial landing limit for black sea bass will be 500 pounds per week (0001 hours on Sunday through 2359 hours on Saturday).
At the current rate of landings, the current commercial landing limit for black sea bass will not allow for the harvest of the full quota allocated to Connecticut. Landing limits will be adjusted periodically with the goal of allowing for full harvest of the quota and minimizing closures.

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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