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TAUTOG MANAGERS SEEK YOUR INPUT

Do your part to assist in better management of the Long Island Sound blackfish population.
By Toby Lapinski  |  September 24, 2018
TAUTOG MANAGERS SEEK YOUR INPUT
Whether you seek them by boat or from shore, tautog provide action and enjoyment from spring through late fall.

As fall approaches, tautog becomes a primary target in New England. Unfortunately, increased harvest of tautog in Long Island Sound has reduced the population of fish, which resulted in a shorter fishing season and more restrictive “bag limits”. Connecticut Sea Grant and the University of Connecticut have teamed up to conduct a study of local tautog/blackfish anglers in Long Island Sound. The purpose of this focus group is to discuss alternative management options, while also helping Sea Grant researchers to develop a survey that will help solicit opinions from a large number and wide range of tautog anglers. In addition, management options that could potentially rebuild the stock of tautog in Long Island Sound and provide for a longer season will be discussed.

The next focus group survey takes place on the night of October 2, 2018 in Old Lyme, Connecticut at the Marine Fisheries Headquarters and Boating Division building through the Long Island Sound Tautog Fishing Study. This is your chance to have your opinion heard as a multidisciplinary team of UConn scientists will investigate how fishermen’s behavior changes in response to new regulations on size limits, season length and numbers of fish that can be caught. The researchers will engage focus groups and survey anglers to learn how fishermen respond to restrictions on tautog/blackfish. Ultimately, they hope to determine the effectiveness of different management strategies intended to rebuild depleted fish populations.

The discussion is limited to 2 hours, and participants will receive $60 in appreciation for their time and any effort required to travel to the discussion. You MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE with eric.schultz@uconn.edu to participate in the study. Due to limitations on space, it is important that participants receive confirmation of their pre-registration through email.

LONG ISLAND SOUND TAUTOG FISHING STUDY

Location:
Marine Fisheries Headquarters and Boating Division
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, CT

Time:
October 2, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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