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Notice to Party & Charter Black Sea Bass Fishermen
Black Sea Bass Fishery Monitoring Program

On April 17, 2013 the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission revised slightly the

recreational fishery harvest target for black sea bass for 2013. This revision in the target

(+8%) makes approximately 9,000 more black sea bass available for harvest in

Connecticut. This small change occurred too late in the season to include in the 2013

Angler's Guide which is essential for effectively communicating recreational fishing

regulations to more than 140,000 private marine anglers fishing in Connecticut.

At the same time, it has become apparent that Connecticut party/charter vessel

participation in the black sea bass fishery and consequent harvest of black sea bass is

not being adequately captured in the federal Marine Recreational Information Program.

In 2012, while the private angler harvest was estimated to be more than 110,000 fish,

the party and charter mode harvest estimate was just 154 fish.

To better account for the party/charter black sea bass fishery the department has

developed a voluntary program for party/charter vessels that includes daily record

keeping of black sea bass trips. The program provides for an 8 fish per paying passenger

creel limit from June 15 through November 30 and is for 2013 only. Passengers on nonparticipating

party/charter vessels will be bound by the creel limit and open season as

published in the 2013 Angler's Guide.

Party/charter vessel owners interested in enrolling in the program must complete an

application - which will be mailed to current party/charter vessel registrants this week.

Participants will be required to report daily black sea bass fishing activity from June

through November in monthly logbooks. Logbooks must be submitted by the 10th of each

month following the reporting month to remain eligible for this program.

For further information, contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries Division by email at

deep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov, by mail at P.O. 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.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is an Affirmative

Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to complying with the

requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact us at 860-418-5910

or deep.accommodations@ct.gov if you: have a disability and need a communication aid

or service; have limited proficiency in English and may need information in another

language; or if you wish to file an ADA or Title VI discrimination complaint.