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RI Department of Environmental Management
DEM ANNOUNCES CLOSURE OF SUMMER FLOUNDER FISHERY AND REOPENING OF SCUP FISHERY ON JULY 1
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces that new regulations will go into effect on Saturday, July 1 that will prohibit licensed commercial fishermen from harvesting summer flounder in Rhode Island waters until September 1. The action is a direct result of higher than anticipated weekly landings this month.
The closure of the summer flounder fishery is necessary to keep Rhode Island within the assigned quota allocated by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, while making fish available to commercial fishermen and consumers throughout as much of the year as possible.
The fishery will reopen on September 1 with a 300-pound possession limit for commercial license holders with a R.I. Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, and a 200-pound possession limit for commercial license holders without a R.I. Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate.
Also on July 1, the commercial scup fishery will reopen with a 100-pound possession limit. The scup fishery has been closed since May 17.