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Marine Fisheries Minimum Sizes & Possession Limits

Minimum sizes are measured for Total Length (TL) [TL is from tip of snout to tip of tail]

2014 COMMERCIAL 2014 RECREATIONAL LOBSTERS, BLUE CRABS & HORSESHOE CRABS SHELLFISH

2014 COMMERCIAL FISHERIES

"Restricted finfish" indicated in Red
Trip limits and open fisheries are subject to change. To participate in commercial fisheries a Rhode Island commercial fishing license and appropriate endorsements are required.
For current COMMERCIAL TRIP LIMITS call 423-1920

SPECIES

MINIMUM SIZE

SEASON

CURRENT
COMMERCIAL
TRIP LIMIT

ANNUAL QUOTA

American eel

9"

Harvest Closed September 1 - December 31 Annually

No limit

None

American plaice (dab)

12"

No closed season

No limit

None

American shad

None

1/1 - 12/31

Prohibited in state waters

None

Black sea bass

11"

Sub-Periods
1/1 - 4/30 - 25%
5/1 - 6/30 - 25%
7/1 - 7/31 - 19.5%
CLOSED 8/1 - 8/31
9/1 - 10/31 - 19.5%
11/1 - 12/31 - 11%



CLOSED

Yes

Bluefish

No minimum

January 1 - June 30
July 1 - Dec. 31

Unlimited

Yes

Cod

19"

May 1 - April 30

1,000 lbs/day

Yes

Spiny Dogfish

None


May 1 - April 30

4,000 lbs/vsl/day

Yes

Without a RIDFW summer flounder exemption certificate, the possession limit of summer flounder is 200 lbs if current limit exceeds 200 lbs.
Summer flounder (fluke)

14"

Sub-Periods
1/1 - 4/30 - 54%
5/1 - 9/15 - 35%
9/16 - 12/31 - 11%


100 lbs/vsl/day
700 lbs/vsl/week with aggregate permit


Aggregate Program Closes Sunday, Aug 17, 2014


Yes

Menhaden inside Management Area

No Minimum

Sub-Periods
1/1 - 12/31


CLOSED

Yes

Menhaden outside Management Area

No Minimum

Sub-Periods
1/1 - 12/31


120,000 lbs/vsl/day

Yes

Monkfish

17" whole/
11" tail

May 1 - April 30

550 lbs/vsl/day tails or 1,826 lbs/vsl/day whole fish

Yes

Haddock

16"

No closed season

No limit

None

Pollock

19"

No closed season

No limit

None

Scup is NOT a restricted species between November 1st and April 30th of each year.
Scup


9"

Sub-Periods
Jan - Apr (fed quota)
May - Jun
Jul - Sept 15
Sept 16 - Oct 31
Nov - Dec (fed quota)

10,000 lbs/vsl/week

Yes

Floating traps
9"

Jan - Apr (fed quota)
May 1 - Oct 31
Nov - Dec (fed quota)

Unlimited

Yes

Striped bass


34"

Sub-Periods
June 8 - August 31
Sept. 8 - Dec. 31
CLOSED Fri/Sat thru-out

CLOSED

Yes

Floating traps
26"

Jan 1 - December 31

No Limit

Yes

Tautog

16"

Sub-Periods
4/15 - 5/31
8/1 - 9/15
10/15 - 12/31


10 fish/vessel

Yes

Weakfish (Squeteague)

16"

Open Season
6/1 - 6/30; and
8/7 - 11/8

All other times call RIDFW for details


Closed, Bycatch Limit

Call DFW for Details

None

The harvesting or possession of winter flounder is PROHIBITED in Narragansett Bay north of the Colregs Line of Demarcation as well as in Potter and Point Judith Ponds
Winter flounder

12"

No closed season

50 lbs/vsl/day

None

Yellowtail flounder

12"

No closed season

No limit

None

Atlantic herring

No
minimum size

Closed annually
Oct 1-Oct 21

Area 2 Open

Yes

2014 RECREATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES

Species

Minimum
size

Season

Possession Limit

American eel

9"

No closed season

25 eels/person/day

50 eels/vsl/day for licensed party/charter vessels

American plaice (dab)

14"

No closed season

No limit

Black sea bass

13"

June 29 - Aug 31
Sep 1 - Dec 31

3 fish/person/day
7 fish/person/day

Bluefish

No minimum size

No closed season

15 fish/person/day

Cod

22"

No closed season

10 fish/person/day

Summer flounder (fluke)

18"

May 1 - December 31

8 fish/person/day

Monkfish (Goosefish)

17" whole
11" tail

No closed season

50 lbs tails/day or
166 lbs whole/day

Haddock

18"

No closed season

No limit

Pollock

19"

No closed season

No limit

Scup (Shore and Private)

10"

May 1 - December 31

30 fish/person/day

Special Area Provisions: While fishing from shore at India Point Park in Providence; Conimicut Park in Warwick; Rocky Point, Warwick; Stone Bridge in Tiverton; East and West Walls (Harbor of Refuge), Narragansett; Fort Wetherill, Jamestown; and Fort Adams, Newport; anglers may possess up to 30 scup 9 inches or greater in length from May 1, through December 31
Scup (Party and Charter)

10"

May 1-August 31
September 1-October 31
November 1-December 31

30 fish/person/day
45 fish/person/day
30 fish/person/day

Striped bass

 28"

No closed season

2 fish/person/day

Tautog

16"

April 15-May 31
June 1-July 31
August 1-Oct. 17
Oct. 18-Dec. 15


3 fish/person/day

CLOSED
3 fish/person/day
6 fish/person/day

Max of 10 fish/vsl during all periods

Tautog (Party and Charter)

16"

April 15-May 31
June 1-July 31
August 1-Oct. 17
Oct. 18-Dec. 15

3 fish/person/day
CLOSED
3 fish/person/day
6 fish/person/day

Weakfish (Squeteague)

16"

No closed season

1 fish/person/day

Winter flounder (blackback)

12"

 Mar. 1 - Dec. 31

2 fish/person/day

The harvesting or possession of winter flounder is PROHIBITED in Narragansett Bay north of the lines from So. Ferry Rd. in Narragansett to Ft. Getty; Ft. Wetherill to Ft. Adams; and Sandy Pt. to High Hill Pt. as well as in Potter and Point Judith Ponds
Witch flounder
(gray sole)

14"

No closed season

No limit

Yellowtail flounder

13"

No closed season

No limit

LOBSTERS, BLUE CRABS,
and HORSESHOE CRABS

Minimum Sizes and Possession Limits

THE POSSESSION OF EGG-BEARING LOBSTERS AND BLUE CRABS IS PROHIBITED. ALL LEGAL SIZED EGG-BEARING LOBSTERS MUST BE V-NOTCHED.
For more detailed lobster, blue crab, or horseshoe crab regulations click here

Lobsters: Harvesting by licensed residents only, all lobsters must be measured IMMEDIATELY.
All lobsters measuring less than the legal minimum size of 3-3/8" carapace length must be returned immediately to the water from which taken. Measuring: The carapace length is measured from the rear of the eye socket along a line parallel to the centerline of the body shell to the rear end of the body shell.

Blue Crabs: Harvesting by residents only, by crab net, dip net, scoop net, handline and trot line only. It is illegal to harvest crabs from sunset to sunrise. All blue crabs measuring less than the legal minimum size of five inches (5") from spike-end to spike-end must be returned immediately to the water from which taken. No person shall possess, take, or attempt to take more than twenty-five (25) blue crabs from any of the waters of Rhode Island except when taken by a scoop or crab net, trot, or hand line. Measuring: A direct line measured from the end of one spike across the body shell to the end of the opposite spike must be no less than five inches (5").

Horseshoe Crabs: No person shall harvest horseshoe crabs from waters or shoreline of the state during the 48-hour period preceding and the 48-hour period following the new and full moons during the months of May, June, and July annually. No person shall harvest horseshoe crabs for commercial or recreational purposes on or within 100 feet seaward of Patience and Prudence Islands in Narragansett Bay. Commercial: It is illegal for any person to harvest horseshoe crabs in Rhode Island for commercial purposes without a Multi-Purpose Commercial Marine license and a Horseshoe Crab Harvest Permit. There is an annual commercial harvest quota allocated to the State of Rhode Island by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Recreational: It is illegal for any person to harvest horseshoe crabs in Rhode Island for recreational purposes without a Horseshoe Crab Harvest Permit. Any resident with a Horseshoe Crab Harvest Permit may possess not more than five (5) horseshoe crabs in any calendar day. Horseshoe Crab Harvest Permits are obtainable at the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Fisheries Section.

SHELLFISH
Minimum Sizes

Shellfishing is prohibited statewide between sunset and sunrise

Species

Minimum size

Resident Recreational Limit

Non-Resident Recreational Limit

Channeled and Knobbed Whelk (Conch) Busycon sp.

2-7/8" diameter
and/or
5-1/8" length

1/2 Bushel

Residents Only

Bay Quahaug Mercenaria mercenaria

1" hinge width

1/2 Bushel

1 Peck

Soft-shelled clam Mya arenaris

2" longest axis

1/2 Bushel

1 Peck

Oyster Crassostrea virginica

3" longest axis

1/2 Bushel

1 Peck

Scallop Argopecten irradians

No seed possession

1 Bushel

Residents Only

Surf Clam Spisula solidissima

5" longest axis

1/2 Bushel

1 Peck


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rev. 8/15/14