Notices to Fishermen

2022 

June 20: Black Sea Bass Landings from Commercial Lobster Pots Weekly Reporting Reminder

June 3: Notice to Pot Fishermen--In regard to the Long Island Sound Trawl Fishing Survey, June 7-30, 2022.

May 12: Notice to Horseshoe Crab Fishermen--Changes to horseshoe crab fishing rules in Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies Section 26-159a-17 were approved by the Connecticut General Assembly Legislative Regulation Review Committee on April 26, 2022, and were finalized by the Secretary of State on May 11, 2022. The new regulations delay the opening of the commercial horseshoe crab season (previously May 22nd) until three days after the last new or full moon (whichever comes later) in May, implement a 5-day “lunar closure” centered on the first new or full moon (whichever comes first) in June and reduce the daily hand-harvest possession limit from 500 to 150 crabs. The existing Horseshoe Crab Hand Harvest License Endorsement requirement, closed areas, season closure date of July 8th and weekend closures (6:00 PM on Friday through 6:00 PM on Sunday) remain in place.

May 6: Notice to Pot Fishermen--In regard to the Long Island Sound Trawl Fishing Survey, May 10-31, 2022.

May 6:
Commercial Fishery Summer Flounder Possession Limit Increase -- Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, May 8, 2022, the landing limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be 1,000 pounds for holders of a Summer Flounder License Endorsement.

May 3: Commercial Fishery Possession Limit Clarification -- Black Sea Bass endorsement holders may not be in possession of 60 pounds of black sea bass from lobster pots in addition to the prevailing possession limit for endorsement holders.

April 27: Commercial Fishery Possession Limit Adjustment -- Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, May 1, 2022, new possession limits will be in effect for Connecticut's commercial fisheries.

April 25: Commercial Fishery Black Sea Bass Winter I Closure -- Effective 0001 hours, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the Winter I commercial black sea bass fishery will be closed through April 30, 2022.  Vessels which have sailed prior to 0001 hours, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, and have not yet landed the biweekly limit of 5,000 lbs. previously in place for the period that began at 0001 hours on Sunday, April 24, 2022, will be allowed to complete their trip and offload, subject to the previous 5,000 lb. landing limit for the period April 24-April 30 and provided such offload occurs  no later than 2359 Saturday, April 30.

April 8: Notice to Pot Fishermen -- In regard to the Long Island Sound Trawl Fishing Survey, April 11-29, 2022.

March 24: 2022-2023 Commercial Lobster Trap Tag

March 21: 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 15: 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.

March 15: 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: Connecticut CARES Act Assistance to Fishery Participants II Update -- Aid disbursements mailed March 10, 2022.

March 7: Commercial Fishing License Renewal Deadline Reminder -- License applications must be received or postmarked by March 31, 2022.

February 16: Commercial Fishing License Renewal Deadline Reminder -- Commercial limited access (moratorium) licenses must be renewed annually by March 31st. License applications MUST BE RECEIVED OR POSTMARKED BY MARCH 31. The law also requires a Commercial Fishing Vessel Permit to be purchased annually for the primary vessel identified on a limited access (moratorium) license for the license to remain eligible for renewal in the future. Quota Managed Species Endorsements – for fluke, scup, black sea bass, and hand harvest of horseshoe crabs – also require annual renewal by March 31.

2022 Commercial Fishery Management Plan

2021 

December 13: 2022 Multi-State Possession Program for Summer Flounder; Applications Available

December 9: Commercial Black Sea Bass Possession Limit Change -- Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, December 12, 2021, the Connecticut landing limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass will be 3,000 pounds per week (0001 hours Sunday through 2359 hours the following Saturday).

December 8: Notice to Fishermen concerning marine license applications -- Link to 2022 CT DEEP Marine Fishing License Applications: https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP-FishingLicense

December 2: Commercial Summer Flounder Possession Limit Increase -- Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, December 5, 2021, the Connecticut landing limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be 4,000 pounds per week (0001 hours Sunday through 2359 hours the following Saturday).

November 16: The CT DEEP is holding a public hearing on a proposal to modify the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies concerning Whelks, American Lobsters, Striped Bass Circle Hooks and Horseshoe Crabs.

September 2: NOAA Fisheries To Hold Scoping Webinar For CT Gillnet and Trap/Pot Fisheries -- A webinar for Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey trap/pot fisheries has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A webinar for Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey gillnet fisheries has been scheduled for Thursday, September 23, 2021, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Registration and more information)

September 2: Lobster Season Closure Reminder

August 6: Commercial Fishery Scup Possession Limit Increase -- Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, August 8, 2021, new possession limits will be in effect for Connecticut’s summer commercial scup fishery.

June 23: Commercial Fishery Possession Limits Increase -- Effective 0001 hours, Friday, June 25, 2021, new possession limits will be in effect for Connecticut’s commercial summer flounder and black sea bass fisheries.

June 8: Monthly Trawl Survey Map -- June 14-30, 2021

June 5: Commercial Fishery Scup Possession Limit Increase -- Effective 0001 hours, Monday, June 7, 2021, new possession limits will be in effect for Connecticut’s summer commercial scup fishery.

May 25: Commercial Fishery Possession Limit Adjustment -- New possession limits are in effect for commercial fisheries effective 0001 hours on May 30, 2021.

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

April 22: Commercial Fishery Possession Limit Adjustment -- New possession limits are in effect for commercial fisheries (Scup, Black Sea Bass, Summer Flounder) effective 0001 hours on May 1, 2021.

March 29: 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.

March 22: Mandatory Commercial Tautog Tagging Program -- Amendment 1 to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Tautog (blackfish) Fishery Management Plan (approved in October 2017) mandated implementation of a coast-wide commercial tagging program for tautog. This program is designed to combat illegal and unreported harvest of tautog, particularly in the live fish market. The commercial tautog fishery in Connecticut opens on April 1st. 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 tag issued by the CT DEEP. (See link for instructions on obtaining tags and program details).

March 11: Commercial Fishery Summer Flounder Possession Limit Increase -- Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, March 14, 2021, the landing limit for the Winter I period commercial harvest of summer flounder will be 4,000 pounds per two-week period. A Summer Flounder License Endorsement is required when in possession of summer flounder in Connecticut.

March 10: ASMFC Public Hearing on the Striped Bass Draft Amendment 7 --The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled a virtual public hearing for Connecticut on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to gather public input on the Striped Bass Draft Addendum 7 Public Information Document (PID). As the first step in the amendment process, the PID seeks input from those interested in striped bass about changes observed in the fishery/resource and potential management measures. Select the PDF for information on how to register for the hearing and links to the hearing documents.

March 10: ASMFC and MAFMC Public Hearing on the Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment -- 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 PDF for more information and how to register for the hearing.

Feb. 24: Public Informational Meeting: Planning a Connecticut Cooperative Abandoned Lobster Pot Removal Program -- March 3, 2021; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Feb. 5: Webinar on Accessing SBA's PPP Funding and Forgiveness Programs -- Catherine Marx, Small Business Administration (SBA) CT District Director, will host a WebEx meeting on Tuesday, February 9th from 3:30pm - 4:30pm to present on SBA’s First Draw, Second Draw, and Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness, and answer questions about the program. Eligible CT aquaculture producers and commercial fishermen who are continuing to struggle due to the coronavirus pandemic are encouraged to take advantage of the PPP before the March 31 statutory deadline.

Feb. 2: Commercial Fishing License Renewal Deadline Reminder

Jan. 28: Commercial Fishery Summer Flounder Possession Limit Increase

Jan. 4: 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.)

2020

Dec. 24: 2021 Commercial Fishery Management Plan

Dec. 16: 2021 Multi-State Possession Program for Summer Flounder Applications Available

May 27: Order of the Commissioner Concerning Licensure of Commercial Fishermen and Certification of Commercial Forest Practioners

May 27: Commercial Fishing License Renewal Deadline Extension

May 19: Resumption of For-Hire Fishing on May 20th

May 15: Commercial Black Sea Bass Possession Limit Change

May 14: CARES Act Assistance to Fishery Participants (Notice to Commercial Fishermen, Party/Charter Vessel Operators, Seafood Dealers, and Marine Aquaculture Businesses)

April 28: 2020 Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

March 31: U.S. Chamber of Commerce CARES Guide

March 31: U.S. Senate Committee CARES Guide

March 30: Commercial Fishing License Renewal Deadline Extension

March 26: New Striped Bass and Bluefish Recreational Fishing Measures for 2020

March 26: Commercial Fishery Possession Limit Adjustment

March 20: COVID-19 Office Closure

March 13: Mandatory Commercial Tautog Tagging Program

March 11: Mandatory Commercial Tautog Tagging Program

Feb. 28: 2020 Recreational Fisheries Measures Informational Meeting

Feb. 24: MAFMC ASMFC Public Hearing Reminder

Feb. 24: Horseshoe Crab Public Input Deadline

Feb. 7: UPDATED-2020 Recreational Fisheries Measures Informational Meeting

Jan. 17: Notice of Horseshoe Public Informational Meeting

Jan. 15: Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

Jan. 10: Bonus Striped Bass Program Discontinued

Jan. 7: Allocation Scoping Hearings