DEEP: Notice to Recreational Fishermen

Notice to Recreational Fishermen

April 16, 2019

At the Winter Meeting of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board, the Board approved minor changes to recreational scup measures for the “northern region” states of Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.
Changes from 2018 measures for all four states include:

1) Open season year-round (season previously closed January 1 – April 30);
2) For-hire bonus possession limit increased from 45 to 50 fish.
The 2019 recreational scup measures for Connecticut are:
 Open season year-round (effective 4/16/2019)
 Minimum size: 9 inches
 Creel limit: 30 fish

For paying passengers on registered party or charter fishing vessels:

 Bonus season: September 1 – October 31
 Minimum size: 9 inches
 Creel Limit: 50 fish
For shore anglers fishing at Enhanced Shore Opportunity Sites:

 Minimum size: 8 inches

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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