31 December 2014

• CTDEEP Announces Commercial Fishery Possession Limits


Summer flounder: Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, January 1, 2015 the commercial landing limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be 1,000 pounds per week (0001 hours on Sunday through 2359 hours on Saturday). The first weekly period will begin on Thursday, January 1 and will end on Saturday, January 3. 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) captain’s 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) captain’s name, 3) port of landing and 4) the estimated weight of summer flounder onboard.

Scup/Porgy: Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, January 1, 2015 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup will be 50,000 pounds.

Black Sea Bass: Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, January 1, 2015 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass will be 100 pounds for all gears except lobster pots. For lobster pots, the possession limit will be 10 fish.

Bluefish: Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, January 1, 2015 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish will be 1,000 pounds.

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

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

Tautog/Blackfish: Tautog remains closed and will reopen on April 1. The minimum size: 16”. Possession Limit: 10

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.

Source: CTDEEP


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