Connecticut DEEP to issue licenses to commercial whelk fishermen

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is taking over the licensing and regulation of the commercial whelk fishery. In an announcement Tuesday, DEEP said whelk fishermen could apply starting Dec. 1 for new licenses that would take effect Jan. 1. After that date, all previously issued licenses will be void, regardless of the expiration date. Many former lobstermen turned to whelk fishing after the collapse of the lobster population in Long Island Sound in the 1990s, he said. Both fisheries use similar gear. Read the rest here 12:29

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