DEEP: Notice to Commercial Atlantic Menhaden Fishermen

Notice to Commercial Atlantic Menhaden Fishermen
May 23, 2018
At its November 2017 meeting, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Menhaden Board passed Amendment 3 to the Menhaden Fisheries Management Plan. As a result, Connecticut’s commercial 2018 quota was increased to 2.4 million pounds. On March 26, 2018 the Department held a public meeting to gather input on how to best utilize the menhaden quota in 2018.

2018 commercial menhaden measures

• The possession limit for the harvest of menhaden in CT waters is 12,000 pounds until 90% of the annual quota has been landed.

• For the landing of menhaden taken from outside of CT waters:
   • 120,000 pounds until 50% of the annual quota is landed then;
   • 80,000 pounds until 75% of the quota is landed then;
   • 20,000 pounds until 90% of the quota is landed.

• Once 90% of the annual quota is landed, the directed fishery will be closed and the incidental catch limit will be 6,000 pounds.

Call in required

To accurately monitor landings and manage the commercial quota, the Marine Fisheries Program and DEEP Environmental Conservation Police have developed a call in system. When in possession of 9,000 pounds or more of menhaden and prior to landing, fishermen must notify DEEP Environmental Conservation Police Dispatch by telephone at 860.424-3503 to report:

   • Vessel name
   • License Holder’s name
   • Estimated return date and time
   • Connecticut port of landing
   • Total pounds of Atlantic menhaden onboard

If the Department anticipates that either the annual quota will be harvested prior to the end of the season or that the annual quota will not be fully utilized, the possession limits will be adjusted to allow for full utilization.

All of the possession limits listed above 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 more than 6,000 pounds of menhaden between vessels at sea is prohibited. In any instance where there is a violation of the possession limit on board a vessel carrying more than one person when the catch is commingled, the violation shall be deemed to have been committed by the owner of the vessel, or the operator of the vessel, if the owner is not on board. 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.

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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