Commercial Fishery Possession Limit Adjustment
Effective 0001 hours Sunday, December 08, 2019, the Summer flounder commercial
fishery possession limit will be 2,000 pounds per week (0001 hours on Sunday through
2359 hours the following Saturday). To facilitate management and enforcement of the weekly
landing limit, vessel operators fishing for summer flounder must call DEEP at 860-424-3503
(anytime 24/7) prior to departure and provide: 1) vessel name 2) captain’s name 3) date of
departure 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. Summer Flounder License
Effective 0001 hours Sunday, December 08, 2019, the Black sea bass commercial fishery
possession limit will be 750 pounds per week (0001 hours on Sunday through 2359 hours
the following Saturday). Call in required (see above). Black sea bass license endorsement is
American lobster: The minimum length is 3-3/8 inches.
American eel: No possession limit. Minimum length is 9 inches.
Atlantic menhaden: Directed fishery is closed. The incidental fishery remains open with a 6,000
pound possession limit.
Bluefish: 1,200 pounds
Jonah crab: In the commercial fishery no Jonah crab less than 4.75 inches carapace width may be
possessed or sold. Possession of egg bearing Jonah crabs or crabs from which the eggs have been
removed is prohibited. Jonah crabs must also be landed whole. Landing claws only is prohibited.
Possession of more than two loose claws per body is prohibited. The possession limit in non-trap
fisheries is 1,000 crabs. There is no possession limit in the lobster pot fishery. (Connecticut licensing
statutes do not allow crabs to be taken by pots other than lobster pots.) In the recreational
fishery, there is a 50 crab daily possession limit and possession of egg bearing crabs or crabs from
which the eggs have been removed is prohibited. There is no minimum size limit in the recreational
Scup: 27,000 pounds
Smooth dogfish: 2,000 pound possession limit. The fishery will close when 100% of the quota has
been landed. Commercial fishermen in state waters and in possession of a valid state commercial
fishing license can eviscerate and remove the head and all shark fins of smooth dogfish while at
sea provided smooth dogfish make up at least 25 percent, by weight, of total catch on board at the
time of landing. Such fishermen may retain other sharks on board provided the fins of other shark
species remain naturally attached to the carcass through offloading.
DEEP Marine Fisheries News
December 06, 2019
Spiny dogfish: 6,000 pounds. Spiny dogfish are managed under a regional annual quota. The
fishery will close when 100% of the regional quota has been harvested.
Tautog: 10 fish for Principal and General Commercial Fishing License holders and 3 fish for
Restricted Commercial Fishing License holders. Open through December 24.
Weakfish: 100 pounds all year.
Winter flounder: 50 pounds or 38 fish unless the fish were taken in federal waters under a federal
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. In any instance where there is a violation of the possession limit on board a
vessel carrying more than one person when the catch is commingled, the violation shall be deemed
to have been committed by the owner of the vessel, or the operator of the vessel, if the owner is
not on board. When any person on a vessel is commercial fishing, the commercial possession limit
applies to the entire vessel and no person on that vessel may also possess fish under a recreational
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 and other general rules
only. For complete information on commercial fishing regulations please see:
www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/fishing/saltwater/marinecirc.pdf, or contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries
Program by email at email@example.com, 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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