Fishing Announcements

June 3, 2022

Notice to Pot Fishermen
In regard to the Long Island Sound Trawl Fishing Survey, June 7-30, 2022

April 29, 2022

New Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fishing Regulations for 2022

April 21, 2022

Proposed Federal Waters Recreational Scup Closure
NOAA Fisheries is proposing a closure of recreational fishing for scup in federal waters in 2022. In December 2021, in response to a determination that prevailing recreational regulations would not be sufficient to constrain 2022 coastwide scup recreational harvest to the 2022 scup Recreational Harvest Limit (RHL), the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), which jointly manage scup, voted to adopt a 1-inch increase in recreational scup minimum size in coastwide state and federal waters for 2022 (generally an increase from 9-inch to 10-inch minimum size). The increased minimum length was projected to reduce scup recreational harvest by 33% in 2022, relative to 2021. ASMFC and MAFMC did not choose to adopt a more substantial regulatory change, despite projections indicating that a 56% recreational harvest reduction would be required to ensure the 2022 RHL would not be exceeded, due to a) concerns over the socio-economic impact of imposing such a substantial harvest reduction in one year, b) recognition of the negligible probability of the scup stock becoming overfished in the near-term given the robust state of the stock (over 200% of target biomass according to 2021 stock assessment), and c) the high likelihood that, as in most recent years, commercial scup harvest in 2022 will be substantially lower than the 2022 coastwide commercial quota, further reducing the likelihood of overfishing.

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has subsequently determined that the 2022 scup recreational regulations proposed by MAFMC and ASMFC are not conservative enough to ensure the 2022 scup RHL will not be exceeded, and in adherence to federal regulations, has proposed to close federal waters to scup recreational harvest in 2022 to further reduce scup recreational harvest (on average, 5% of annual coastwide scup harvest comes from federal waters). This closure would apply to all recreational vessels fishing in federal waters (outside of Long Island Sound and greater than three nautical miles from shore) and all federally permitted for-hire vessels fishing in either state or federal waters. Given the anticipated social and economic impacts of this closure, NOAA Fisheries is seeking comments on alternative approaches that would achieve the objective of reducing scup catch and preventing overfishing while also minimizing, to the extent possible, social and economic impacts.

You can submit comments to NOAA Fisheries through the e-rulemaking portal.

NOAA Fisheries is not proposing to change 2022 summer flounder or black sea bass recreational regulations from those regulations already selected by states. Please see notice linked above.

March 21, 2022

2022 Mandatory Commercial Tautog Tagging Program
The commercial tautog fishery in Connecticut opens on April 1. Please be advised that all commercially-harvested tautog offloaded and/or landed in Connecticut must be tagged by the commercial harvester prior to offload and/or landing with a 2022 tag issued by CT DEEP.

March 18, 2022

ASMFC Virtual Public Hearing on the Draft Addenda on Recreational Harvest Control Rule
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled a virtual public hearing for Connecticut on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to gather public input on the Draft Addenda on Recreational Harvest Control Rule.

March 16, 2022

Reminder: ASMFC Public Hearing on Striped Bass Draft Amendment 7 -- This is a reminder that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled a virtual public hearing for Connecticut on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to gather public input on the Striped Bass Draft Addendum 7. This notice also corrects the hearing dates in the table on pages 2 and 3.

March 15, 2022

Commercial Fishery Black Sea Bass Possession Limit Increase -- Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, March 17, 2022, the landing limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass will be 5,000 pounds per two-week period.

Commercial Fishery Summer Flounder Possession Limit Increase
Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, March 17, 2022, the landing limit for the Winter I period commercial harvest of summer flounder will be 7,000 pounds per two-week period.

March 14, 2022

Connecticut CARES Act Assistance to Fishery Participants II Update
Aid disbursements mailed March 10, 2022.

March 4, 2022

ASMFC Public Hearing on Striped Bass Draft Amendment 7
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled a virtual public hearing for Connecticut on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to gather public input on the Striped Bass Draft Addendum 7. Select link above for additional details and information on how to register for the public hearing.

March 3, 2022

Status update on proposed regulations concerning Whelks, American Lobsters, Striped Bass Circle Hooks and Horseshoe Crabs

February 25, 2022

2022 Marine Recreational Fishery Regulations Public Informational Meeting
The CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is holding a Public Informational Meeting to provide information on the status of important recreational species and planned recreational regulations for the 2022 fishing season, and to gather public input on potential 2022 regulation options for black sea bass and summer flounder (fluke). The meeting will be held virtually using Zoom webinar on the evening of Tuesday, March 1, 2022, from 6:00-8:00 PM. (Select link for meeting and registration information.)

December 29, 2021

2022 Commercial Fishery Management Plan

March 29, 2021

ASMFC and NAFMC Bluefish Hearing Reminder
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council have scheduled a virtual public hearing for Connecticut and New York on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to gather public input on the joint Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment. Select the link for instructions on how to register for the hearing and for links to the hearing documents.

January 4, 2021

Summer Flounder Commercial Quota Meeting
A meeting of seafood dealers and commercial fishermen who harvest summer flounder has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2021. **Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted via a Zoom webinar. The purpose of this meeting is to receive input on strategies to manage Connecticut's increased 2021 summer flounder quota as a result of NOAA’s implementation of Amendment 21 to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan on January 1, 2021.

December 24, 2020

2021 Commercial Fishery Management Plan

October 14, 2020

CARES Aid Application Notice
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27, 2020 created an aid program (CARES Act Aid to Fishery Participants, or CAAFP) for marine fishery participants in U.S. coastal states to offset losses incurred in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Connecticut has been allocated $1,835,424 of CAAFP aid funds to distribute to qualified recipients in the commercial fishing, for-hire fishing, seafood dealing/wholesaling/processing, and aquaculture sectors.

Content last updated on May 5, 2022.


In regard to the Long Island Sound Trawl Fishing Survey, June 7-30, 2022

April 29, 2022

New Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fishing Regulations for 2022

April 21, 2022

Proposed Federal Waters Recreational Scup Closure
NOAA Fisheries is proposing a closure of recreational fishing for scup in federal waters in 2022. In December 2021, in response to a determination that prevailing recreational regulations would not be sufficient to constrain 2022 coastwide scup recreational harvest to the 2022 scup Recreational Harvest Limit (RHL), the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), which jointly manage scup, voted to adopt a 1-inch increase in recreational scup minimum size in coastwide state and federal waters for 2022 (generally an increase from 9-inch to 10-inch minimum size). The increased minimum length was projected to reduce scup recreational harvest by 33% in 2022, relative to 2021. ASMFC and MAFMC did not choose to adopt a more substantial regulatory change, despite projections indicating that a 56% recreational harvest reduction would be required to ensure the 2022 RHL would not be exceeded, due to a) concerns over the socio-economic impact of imposing such a substantial harvest reduction in one year, b) recognition of the negligible probability of the scup stock becoming overfished in the near-term given the robust state of the stock (over 200% of target biomass according to 2021 stock assessment), and c) the high likelihood that, as in most recent years, commercial scup harvest in 2022 will be substantially lower than the 2022 coastwide commercial quota, further reducing the likelihood of overfishing.

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has subsequently determined that the 2022 scup recreational regulations proposed by MAFMC and ASMFC are not conservative enough to ensure the 2022 scup RHL will not be exceeded, and in adherence to federal regulations, has proposed to close federal waters to scup recreational harvest in 2022 to further reduce scup recreational harvest (on average, 5% of annual coastwide scup harvest comes from federal waters). This closure would apply to all recreational vessels fishing in federal waters (outside of Long Island Sound and greater than three nautical miles from shore) and all federally permitted for-hire vessels fishing in either state or federal waters. Given the anticipated social and economic impacts of this closure, NOAA Fisheries is seeking comments on alternative approaches that would achieve the objective of reducing scup catch and preventing overfishing while also minimizing, to the extent possible, social and economic impacts.

You can submit comments to NOAA Fisheries through the e-rulemaking portal.

NOAA Fisheries is not proposing to change 2022 summer flounder or black sea bass recreational regulations from those regulations already selected by states. Please see notice linked above.

March 21, 2022

2022 Mandatory Commercial Tautog Tagging Program
The commercial tautog fishery in Connecticut opens on April 1. Please be advised that all commercially-harvested tautog offloaded and/or landed in Connecticut must be tagged by the commercial harvester prior to offload and/or landing with a 2022 tag issued by CT DEEP.

March 18, 2022

ASMFC Virtual Public Hearing on the Draft Addenda on Recreational Harvest Control Rule
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled a virtual public hearing for Connecticut on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to gather public input on the Draft Addenda on Recreational Harvest Control Rule.

March 16, 2022

Reminder: ASMFC Public Hearing on Striped Bass Draft Amendment 7 -- This is a reminder that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled a virtual public hearing for Connecticut on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to gather public input on the Striped Bass Draft Addendum 7. This notice also corrects the hearing dates in the table on pages 2 and 3.

March 15, 2022

Commercial Fishery Black Sea Bass Possession Limit Increase -- Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, March 17, 2022, the landing limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass will be 5,000 pounds per two-week period.

Commercial Fishery Summer Flounder Possession Limit Increase
Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, March 17, 2022, the landing limit for the Winter I period commercial harvest of summer flounder will be 7,000 pounds per two-week period.

March 14, 2022

Connecticut CARES Act Assistance to Fishery Participants II Update
Aid disbursements mailed March 10, 2022.

March 4, 2022

ASMFC Public Hearing on Striped Bass Draft Amendment 7
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled a virtual public hearing for Connecticut on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to gather public input on the Striped Bass Draft Addendum 7. Select link above for additional details and information on how to register for the public hearing.

March 3, 2022

Status update on proposed regulations concerning Whelks, American Lobsters, Striped Bass Circle Hooks and Horseshoe Crabs

February 25, 2022

2022 Marine Recreational Fishery Regulations Public Informational Meeting
The CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is holding a Public Informational Meeting to provide information on the status of important recreational species and planned recreational regulations for the 2022 fishing season, and to gather public input on potential 2022 regulation options for black sea bass and summer flounder (fluke). The meeting will be held virtually using Zoom webinar on the evening of Tuesday, March 1, 2022, from 6:00-8:00 PM. (Select link for meeting and registration information.)

December 29, 2021

2022 Commercial Fishery Management Plan

March 29, 2021

ASMFC and NAFMC Bluefish Hearing Reminder
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council have scheduled a virtual public hearing for Connecticut and New York on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to gather public input on the joint Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment. Select the link for instructions on how to register for the hearing and for links to the hearing documents.

January 4, 2021

Summer Flounder Commercial Quota Meeting
A meeting of seafood dealers and commercial fishermen who harvest summer flounder has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2021. **Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted via a Zoom webinar. The purpose of this meeting is to receive input on strategies to manage Connecticut's increased 2021 summer flounder quota as a result of NOAA’s implementation of Amendment 21 to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan on January 1, 2021.

December 24, 2020

2021 Commercial Fishery Management Plan

October 14, 2020

CARES Aid Application Notice
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27, 2020 created an aid program (CARES Act Aid to Fishery Participants, or CAAFP) for marine fishery participants in U.S. coastal states to offset losses incurred in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Connecticut has been allocated $1,835,424 of CAAFP aid funds to distribute to qualified recipients in the commercial fishing, for-hire fishing, seafood dealing/wholesaling/processing, and aquaculture sectors.

Content last updated on May 5, 2022.