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Commercial Fishing

Connecticut has a rich heritage of commercial fishing, from the offshore fleet in Stonington and New London, to Long Island Sound lobster boats spanning the coast to Greenwich. Commercial fishing makes an important contribution to Connecticut’s economy.

Connecticut Commercial Fishing Vessels at Stonington


Notice to Pot Fishermen -- In regards to the Long Island Sound Trawl Fishing Survey, May 10-29, 2021.

Connecticut CARES Act Assistance to Fisheries Participants Draft Spending Plan has been submitted to NOAA Fisheries for approval (Aug. 2020)

Current Connecticut Commercial Fishery Trip Limits

Order of the Commissioner Concerning the Licensure of Commercial Fishermen and Certification of Commercial Forest Practioners

Marine Fisheries News:

Federal ESA Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon Conservation Gear Restricted Areas

Connecticut State Boundary Line in Long Island Sound

Marine Fisheries Interstate Management
Collect fishery dependent statistics from harvesters and dealers on catch, harvest, fishing effort by gear type and season; compile and analyze the data to provide information for quota monitoring, stock assessment, and development and evaluation of Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) and management measures.

Content last updated in May 2021.