DEEP: Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

 
Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
July 2, 2015

STATUS UPDATES
Black sea bass
As of June 30, 2015 approximately 76% of the annual black sea bass quota has been landed. The commercial possession limit for black sea bass will remain at 10 fish for all gear types.

At the current rate of landings the entire annual quota will be landed the first or second week in August.

Tautog
Tautog season opens July 1 at the 10 fish possession limit.
 
Horseshoe crab
Horseshoe crab season remains open through July 7 and closes for the year July 8.
The possession limits remain 500 crabs for hand-harvest and 25 crabs taken by otter trawl.
 
REMINDERS

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 June 30, the landing rate is about 2% per week and a total of 53% 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 June 30, the landing rate is about 3% per week and a total of 19% 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.

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:

Call 860-434-6374 24/7 for a recorded message of current possession limits or 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.

The information provided in this notice is a summary of possession limits only. For complete information on commercial fishing regulations please see: www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/fishing/saltwater/marinecirc.pdf, or 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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(N15-07)