DEEP: Commercial Black Sea Bass Fishery Closure

Commercial Black Sea Bass Fishery Closure
December 19, 2016


Black sea bass
Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, December 18, 2016, the commercial possession limit for black sea bass 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.


Summer flounder
Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, December 18, 2016 the commercial landing limit for summer flounder will be reduced to zero pounds.

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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