DEEP: Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
 
October 27, 2015

NOTICE
 
Scup
Effective 0001 hours Wednesday, October 28, 2015 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup will be increased to 5,000 pounds for all gears except lobster pots which are closed
. As of October 22, the landing rate is about 2% per week and a total of 88% of the 2015 summer period quota has been reported landed.
 
REMINDERS
 
Scup
Effective 0001 hours Sunday, November 1, 2015 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup will be increased to 18,000 pounds for all gears.
The summer period of state quota management ends October 31st and the coastwide “Winter II” management period begins November 1, continuing for the remainder of the year. 
 
Bluefish
Effective 0001 hours Sunday, November 1, 2015 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish will be increased to 1,000 pounds for all gears.
As of October 22, the landing rate is about 2% per week and a total of 35% of the 2015 annual quota has been reported landed.
 
Black sea bass
Remains closed.
All of the available quota has been landed.
 
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 October 22, the landing rate is about 1% per week and a total of 88% of the 2015 quota has been reported landed.
 
American lobster
Reminder: The closed season for lobster is September 8 through November 28. This closure applies to all gears, recreational and commercial in Lobster Management Area 6 (Long Island Sound).
 

Atlantic menhaden
No person engaged in commercial fishing shall possess or land Atlantic menhaden in excess of 6,000 pounds.
 
Horseshoe crab
Horseshoe crab season is closed for the remainder of the year. Horseshoe crab harvest is prohibited.
 
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.
 
Tautog
The possession limit is 10 fish during all open seasons. The current open season is October 8 through December 24 and then closes for the remainder of the year.
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/TL.
 
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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