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Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Program

This Marine Fisheries program is part of a broader Department effort to improve the quality of access and fishing to our Public Trust marine fisheries resources in CT, especially in urban areas. This unique program relies on reduced size limit regulations to allow anglers young and old alike the opportunity to experience the joy and relaxation of outdoor recreation and the satisfaction of catching their own dinner. At the same time, the design of this program assures that marine fish conservation objectives continue to be met.

Appendix A. Public Shore Fishing Access Sites where Summer Flounder/Fluke (17 inch min. length) and Scup (8 inch min. length) may be taken at a smaller length limit. Please see Marine Recreational Fishing Regulations for a complete list of marine recreational fishing regulations including creel limit and open seasons.

MARINE VOLUNTEER ANGLER SURVEY PROGRAM

The Marine Fisheries Program is seeking marine recreational anglers who will volunteer to participate in the Connecticut Volunteer Angler Survey (VAS) Program. The VAS Program is designed to collect fishing trip and catch information from marine recreational (hook and line) anglers who volunteer to record their angling activities via a logbook. VAS anglers contribute valuable fisheries-specific information concerning striped bass, fluke, bluefish, scup, tautog and other important finfish species used in monitoring and assessing fish populations inhabiting marine waters.

Participants will have the choice of either filling out the traditional paper logbooks and mailing them back or by entering their data electronically by a computer web based application. In either case, paper logbooks will still be sent out to each angler.

Both the VAS paper logbook and the computer electronic version are easy to enter. Each participating angler is assigned a personal code number for confidentiality. The paper logbook instructions are located on the inside cover and the electronic version will have a specified menu with assisted help information. Upon completion of the paper logbook, tape the pre-postage paid logbook and drop it in the mail. All paper logbooks are returned to each angler for their own personal records upon data entry. Anglers that participate are also provided with updated program results and public hearing notices concerning recreational fishery management regulations.

Site

City

Fairfield County

Pleasure Beach Family Fishing Pier

Bridgeport

Saint Mary’s by the Sea

Bridgeport

Seaside Park

Bridgeport

Ash Creek Open Space

Fairfield

Jennings Beach

Fairfield

Penfield Beach

Fairfield

Penfield Reef

Fairfield

Calf Pasture Beach

Norwalk

Maritime Aquarium Park

Norwalk

Bond’s Dock

Stratford

Long Beach

Stratford

Point-No-Point

Stratford

Russian Beach

Stratford

Short Beach Park

Stratford

Sherwood Island State Park

Westport

Middlesex County

South Cove Causeway

Old Saybrook

Saybrook Point

Old Saybrook

New Haven County

Branford Point

Branford

Chaffinch Island Park

Guilford

Hammonasset Beach State Park

Madison

Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center

Milford

Gulf Beach

Milford

Silver Sands State Park

Milford

Criscuolo Park

New Haven

Fort Nathan Hale Park

New Haven

Tomlinson Bridge Fishing Pier

New Haven

Bradley Point Park

West Haven

Sandy Point

West Haven

Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary

West Haven

New London County

Cini Memorial Park

East Lyme

Hole-in-the-Wall Beach

East Lyme

McCook Park

East Lyme

Rocky Neck State Park

East Lyme

Bluff Point State Park and Reserve

Groton

Eastern Point Beach

Groton

UCONN-Avery Point

Groton

City Pier and Waterfront Park

New London

Fort Trumbull State Park

New London

DEEP Marine Headquarters—Ferry Landing Park

Old Lyme

Mystic River Park

Stonington

Stonington Point

Stonington

Stonington Town Dock Fishing Pier

Stonington

Harkness Memorial State Park

Waterford

Mago Point Park

Waterford

Waterford Beach Park

Waterford