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DEM ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO MARINE FISHERIES REGULATIONS
RI Marine Fisheries Council to Hold Hearing May 2 on Other Proposed Changes
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management today filed regulations concerning seasons, minimum sizes, possession limits, and quotas for several marine fish species. The new regulations reflect actions taken by the RI Marine Fisheries Council at its March 28 meeting.
For recreational fisheries, the following seasons, sizes, and catch limits have been adopted:
For commercial fisheries, the following quotas, sizes, seasons and catch limits have been adopted:
The RI Marine Fisheries Council also voted at the March 28 meeting to hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 2 on tautog advisory panel recommendations and scup management recommendations for commercial fishing. The advisory panel has recommended a 51,000-pound quota for tautog, divided into three seasons with 17,000 pound quotas. The scup management recommendations include reducing the mesh implementation threshold for the winter period to 200 pounds, and for the summer period to 100 pounds, to comply with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) fishery management plan. Proposed lobster tag trap regulations to comply with the ASMFC lobster management plan and complimentary Rhode Island law will also be heard. The regulations mirror lobster trap tag requirements for federal waters.
The May 2 hearing will take place at 6 p.m. in the third floor cafeteria at DEM Headquarters at 235 Promenade Street in Providence.