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News Release

RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462


For Release:

May 17, 2000

Media Contact:

Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF COMMERCIAL FISHERY FOR SUMMER FLOUNDER BEGINS MAY 18

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has announced that the commercial fishery for summer flounder will close Thursday, May 18 until June 1, when it will reopen with a 100-pound possession limit.

The action is designed to keep Rhode Island within its assigned quota while making fish available to commercial fishermen and consumers throughout the entire year. The closure is part of an ongoing effort to manage the annual allocation of summer flounder that the state receives from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

The closure results from higher than anticipated weekly landings that were due to the seasonal inshore migration of summer flounder, and to the increased abundance of the fish, attributable to stock rebuilding efforts along the East Coast.


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