DEEP: Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

Commercial Fishery Possession Limits
December 11, 2015


Summer flounder
Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, December 13, 2015 the commercial landing limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be 1,500 pounds per week (0001 hours on Sunday through 2359 hours on Saturday).
To facilitate management and enforcement of the weekly landing limit, vessel operators fishing for summer flounder must call DEEP (860-424-3503) (anytime 24/7) prior to departure and provide: 1) vessel name, 2) captainís name, 3) date of departure and 4) anticipated return date, and 5) anticipated port of landing. Prior to offloading summer flounder, the vessel operator must call again and provide: 1) vessel name, 2) captainís name, 3) port of landing and 4) the estimated weight of summer flounder onboard.

This and the previous possession limit increase were made possible because the department was able to secure generous quota transfers from the states of North Carolina (10,000 lbs.) and Maine (5,000 lbs.) and, most recently, the Commonwealth of Virginia (10,000 lbs.).

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:

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:, or contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries Division by email at, 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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