DEEP: Notice of Public Informational Hearing

Notice of Public Informational Meeting
2019 Recreational Fishery Measures
February 21, 2019
The CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is holding two Public Informational Meetings to get input on potential changes to recreational management measures for scup in 2019 and to provide information on the status of other important recreational species.

The first meeting will be held at:

7:00 PM, Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Coast Guard Auxiliary Building
17 Helwig Street
Milford, CT
The second meeting will be held at:

7:00 PM, Thursday, February 28, 2019
CT DEEP Marine Headquarters
Boating Education Center (rear building)
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme CT
At the February Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board meeting, the Board approved a range of options for changes to scup recreational measures in “northern region” states (CT, NY, RI, MA). Options include increasing the length of the season, increasing the bag limit to 50 fish for all anglers, increasing just the for-hire bag limit to 50 fish during the existing for-hire bonus season, and increasing the length of the for-hire bonus season. Status quo measures identical to 2018 measures are also an option. DEEP is seeking public input on possible changes to 2019 recreational measures for scup.
At this time, DEEP anticipates no changes to recreational seasons, bag limits or size limits for any species other than scup in 2019. However, the DEEP Marine Fisheries Program will provide information on the status of important recreational species including striped bass, bluefish, summer flounder, and black sea bass. 

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 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  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.