A nice note to the Fishermen of Flotilla 2017 from Sargeant Steven Stanko, Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection

Hello all,


I want to take a moment and express my sincere admiration as to the professionalism the fishermen/women at the event displayed. As the supervisor on scene  for CT Encon Police I witnessed firsthand the interaction that took place between the fishing  vessel captains and crew involved in the event had with not only my department, but with the United States Coast Guard, and other commercial/civilian craft in the area. Communication on the radio, as well as by phone, with  vessel captains was first rate. As an event planner and coordinator that is responsible for public safety I must say that all those involved made the event much easier and less stressful for me to supervisor. In fact, it was a pleasure.  The skills of the captains in handling numerous large vessels in constrained waterways was exemplary of the nautical experience they possess. What also stood out was the pride and solidarity the professionally fishing community has. The nautical flags and bunting, the pro USA signs, pro President signs, and most notably the banners of well-wishing extended to the Coast Guard graduates was outstanding. After the event I spoke with supervisors in the Coast Guard who were also on scene. All were likewise impressed, particularly with the gratitude you showed to their academy brother and sisters.


As a new sergeant to a sector that has a large amount of commercial fishing activity, I have responsibilities I am learning by getting out and meeting/interacting with many of you at docks in New London, Stonington and elsewhere. What I have found are some of the hardest working people I have ever met. I see you in all seasons, in all types of weather engaged in what you clearly love to do. My officers and myself are welcomed at your docks and are treated courteously and professionally.  For that, we are truly appreciative.


I talk with many fishermen and dock workers and listen to your concerns. You have many valid concerns and ideas. The competence, courtesy and solidarity on display at New London Coast Guard is a positive introduction to many for your concerns.


I wish you the best and look forward to working with you in the future.




Steven Stanko


(I am uncertain if this message will reach all that were involved in the event. Can some of you please forward to any captains/crew I have missed. Also, I have attached some pictures I took.)



Sergeant Steve Stanko #625

Marine District Headquarters / East Marine sector

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection 333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371 P: 860.434.8638|F: 860.434.3501 |E: [[email protected]]