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Connecticut Summer Flounder Fishery Closure

Contact:
Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281-9315
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 22, 2016

Effective Date:  0001 hours on December 22, 2016

The 2016 commercial summer flounder quota allocated to Connecticut has been harvested.  Effective 0001 hours December 22, 2016, fishing vessels issued a Federal moratorium permit for the summer flounder fishery may no longer land summer flounder in Connecticut for the remainder of the 2016 calendar year.  This closure is following the State of Connecticut’s closure of its commercial summer flounder fishery to state permitted vessels and dealers, effective 0001 hours on December 18, 2016.

Vessel owners issued Federal permits must continue to complete and submit vessel logbooks for all other species landed.  Additionally, dealers issued Federal dealer permits for summer flounder may not purchase summer flounder from federally permitted vessels that land in Connecticut for the remainder of the calendar year.  Federally permitted dealers must also continue to report all fish purchases from any vessel.

For small entity compliance guides, this bulletin complies with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement and Fairness Act of 1996.  This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Greater Atlantic Region.