DEEP: Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

June 2, 2015

ADJUSTMENT

Effective 0001 hours Sunday, June 7, 2015, the commercial possession limit for black sea bass will be reduced to 10 fish for all gear types.

The Department estimates that 49% of the annual commercial black sea bass quota allocated to Connecticut for 2015 has been landed. At the current rate of landings the entire annual quota will be landed by the last week in July. To keep the fishery open as long as possible, the trip limit is being reduced to 10 fish.

REMINDER

Summer flounder
The possession limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will remain 100 pounds.
The possession limit will be periodically adjusted, if needed, to achieve 100% of the annual quota be landed by December 31. The objective of periodic adjustments is to maintain a constant rate of landings for the remainder of the year, without exceeding the quota. As of May 29, 2015, the landing rate is less than 1% per week and a total of 44% of the 2015 quota has been reported landed.

Scup
The possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup will remain 1,000 pounds for all gears except lobster pots which is 10 fish.
The possession limit will be periodically adjusted, if needed, to achieve 100% of the summer period quota be landed by October 31. The objective of periodic adjustments is to maintain a constant rate of landings for the remainder of the year, without exceeding the quota. As of May 29, 2015, the landing rate is about 2% per week and a total of 6% of the 2015 summer period quota has been reported landed.

American lobster
Reminder: The closed season for lobster is September 8 through November 28.

Atlantic menhaden
No person engaged in commercial fishing shall possess or land Atlantic menhaden in excess of 6,000 pounds.

Bluefish
The possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish remains at 500 pounds.

Spiny dogfish
The possession limit will remain at 5,000 pounds.

Tautog
Tautog remains closed until July 1 at which time the possession limit will be 10 fish.

Weakfish
No person engaged in commercial fishing shall possess or land weakfish in excess of 100 pounds.

Winter flounder
The possession limit is 50 pounds or 38 fish unless the fish were taken in federal waters under a federal groundfish permit.

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 these species between vessels at sea is prohibited.

For current commercial fishery trip limits and quota status see:
www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/fishing/commercial/connecticut_commercial_trip_limits.pdf

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.

For further information, contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries Division by email at deep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov, 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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(N15-06)