The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that the recreational fishery for scup (porgy) will remain open in Connecticut waters through the end of 2011. The scup fishery had been scheduled to close on September 27; however, DEEP has rescinded the closure due to the health and abundance of the coast-wide scup population.
“A combination of healthy fish stocks and harvest levels far below existing quotas have made it possible for Connecticut to take this action,” said David G. Simpson, Director of Marine Fisheries for DEEP. “This opportunity will benefit anglers and tackle shops alike. It is a direct result of coast-wide conservation measures enacted over the last decade that have successfully restored scup populations.”
The states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York are all pursuing similar measures to keep their recreational scup season open for the remainder of 2011. However, all anglers are reminded that recreational scup fishing in federal waters will still close on September 27. Federal waters occupy portions of Block Island Sound, but not Long Island Sound.
DEEP’s fisheries webpage can be found at www.ct.gov/deep/fishing