Environmental Conservation Police
What to Do When Approached By an Environmental Conservation Police Officer
In the fall of 2016, our officers were very busy enforcing recreational fisheries laws and regulations in the marine district. The majority of these cases were for violation of minimum length sizes and keeping over the daily bag limit of certain species. Our officers realize that the recreational marine fisheries regulations often change annually, especially creel or minimum sizes, and they take that into account when they encounter violations. From July through December, of the 165 cases involving marine fisheries violations, our officers issued 121 warnings. In the remaining cases, violators were primarily issued infraction tickets that are payable by mail. Even though violators are noticed at the time a ticket is being issued, I wanted to remind our readers that for wildlife violations, if the fine is paid or if they go to court and are found guilty, the Agency may suspend your privileges to hunt and fish. The suspension guidelines are published on our website. In 2013, Connecticut entered the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact. This compact allows all member states to revoke license privileges from other member states for offenses of a similar nature. Most states in the northeast, except Massachusetts and New Jersey are member states, so if Connecticut suspends your privilege to hunt and fish, most other states in the northeast and elsewhere in the country may recognize and enforce that suspension.
Please remember to wear a life jacket when you are out on the water. It is mandatory to wear a PFD by anyone in a manually propelled vessel from October 1 through May 31 and for all children under 13 years old on a vessel that is under way. There are many options now that are comfortable and do not interfere with your fishing enjoyment, so please put one on. It can save your life!
We encourage the citizens of our State to assist us with our mission of protecting the State’s natural resources by taking an active role in reporting fishing and game violations to our 24 hour toll free number at 1-800-842-4357.
Thank you and good luck!
Colonel Kyle Overturf
Director, State Environmental Conservation Police