Fishing Notes - January 2007

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DEP makes arrests for illegal fishing

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection today announced that officers from the DEP’s State Environmental Conservation Police arrested two men Oct. 12 on numerous charges relating to marine fisheries laws.

EnCon Police Officers at the Pine Island Marina in Groton arrested T.J. Carlson, 29 from North Haven, Conn., and Chad Benoit, 34 of New Haven, Conn., as they returned from fishing. The subjects were in possession of 26 striped bass — 19 over the daily limit — 1 of which was less than the legal length. They were also in possession of 23 bluefish, which is three over the daily legal limit. The officers seized a total of 49 fish.

During questioning, the subjects admitted they were planning to sell the fish. The subjects did not have commercial licenses necessary to sell bluefish and the sale of striped bass caught from Connecticut waters is illegal. The men were released on a promise to appear at New London Superior Court. The fish was to be prepared and then given to an area food kitchen.

DEP has a new director of L.I. Sound Programs

Brian Thompson of Wallingford, Conn., is the new director of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Long Island Sound Programs.

Thompson, who assumed his new position at the end of July, succeeds Charles Evans, who recently retired after 33 years of service to the department. Thompson served as manager of watershed and environmental management at Aquarion Water Company.

Thompson has held positions of increasing responsibility at Aquarion, where he worked for 15 years. Prior to that he started his career at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and also worked as a consultant.

As director of the office of Long Island Sound Programs, Thompson will coordinate programs within the DEP that have an impact on Long Island Sound and related coastal land and water.