DEEP: Notice to Recreational Fishermen

Notice to Recreational Fishermen
May 7, 2018
New Black Sea Bass Recreational Fishing Measures for 2018

At its spring meeting, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved revised measures for the 2018 recreational black sea bass fishery. This action was taken in response to an appeal brought by the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York (Northern Region) of the approved 2018 recreational measures under Addendum XXX. The appeal argued the Board’s action under Addendum XXX incorrectly applied technical data and was inconsistent with the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan.

The 2018 recreational black sea bass measures for Connecticut are:

For all fishing modes:
    Open season: May 19 – December 31
    Minimum size: 15 inches
    Creel limit: 5 fish

For paying passengers on registered party or charter fishing vessels:
    Bonus season: September 1 – December 31
    Minimum size: 15 inches
    Creel Limit: 7 fish

Note: Minimum lengths for black sea bass exclude the dorsal tail filament or tendril.

The changes from the previously published recreational measures for 2018 are:

1) eliminate the mid-season closure, (May 19 – July 1);
2) increase the summer period possession limit from 3 to 5 fish;
3) reinstate the for-hire bonus possession limit for black sea bass to 7 fish from September 1 through December 31.
For further information, contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries Program by email at, 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.

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