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Proposed Annotated Regulations Part XII Striped Bass

Proposed Annotated Regulations Part VII Minimum Sizes of Fish/Shellfish

Proposed Annotated Regulations Part XV Lobsters, Other Crustaceans, and Horseshoe Crabs

Slideshow for February 19, 2013 Public Hearing

Public Hearing Comments on Proposed Regulations Parts VII, XII, and XV

 
State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Department of Environmental Management

PUBLIC NOTICE CONCERNING PROPOSED REGULATORY CHANGES

Pursuant to the provisions of Chapters 42-17.1 and 20-3 of the General Laws of Rhode Island as amended, and in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act Chapter 42-35 of the General Laws, the Director of the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) proposes certain amendments to the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Regulations and gives notice of intent to hold a public hearing to afford interested parties the opportunity for public comment.

Public comment will be solicited on the following proposals:

  1. Amendments to the recreational striped bass management plan, and to update regulatory citations for consistency with certain statutory changes;
  2. Amendments to the commercial general category striped bass management plan, and to update regulatory citations for consistency with certain statutory changes;
  3. Amendments to the commercial floating fish trap striped bass management plan, and to update regulatory citations for consistency with certain statutory changes;
  4. Amendments to the spiny dogfish management plan in order to come into compliance with federal requirements;
  5. Amendments to the coastal sharks management plan in order to come into compliance with federal requirements;
  6. Amendments to the lobster management plan for mandatory v-notching of certain female lobsters in LCMA 4 with a season closure from February 1 through March 31 annually, in order to come into compliance with federal requirements; and
  7. Amendments to the Lobster management plan for mandatory v-notching of certain female lobsters in LCMA 5 with a season closure from February 1 through March 31 annually, in order to come into compliance with federal requirements.

The public hearing will commence at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, in the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, Corless Auditorium, South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI 02882. The room is accessible to the disabled. Interpreter services for the hearing impaired will be provided if such services are requested at least (3) business days prior to the hearing. Requests for such services may be made in writing or by calling TTY (711) or (401) 222-5300. A recording of the hearing will be made by DEM staff. Written comments concerning the regulations proposed for promulgation by the DEM may be submitted to the Division of Fish and Wildlife, 3 Fort Wetherill Road, Jamestown, RI 02835 no later than 12:00 PM on February 19, 2013.

The Department has determined that small businesses may be adversely impacted by some of the proposed regulations. The public hearing is being conducted to solicit comment on the proposals and to allow public input from small businesses or any cities or towns, which may be adversely affected. Small businesses which are either currently licensed or in the future may seek permission to harvest, buy, sell, or produce seafood products as well as the small businesses that provide services related to those engaged in such industries and small businesses which buy, sell, or produce products or provide services related to fishing are requested to comment on the proposed regulations on how such proposed action can be changed to minimize the impact on those small businesses affected.

A copy of the proposed regulations will be available for examination from January 18, through February 19, 2013, by mail or at the offices of the Division of Fish and Wildlife located at 3 Fort Wetherill Road, Jamestown, RI 02835. Electronic copies of the proposed regulations will also be available on the DEM website at the following web address: http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/bnatres/fishwild/pn021913.htm.

Janet Coit, Director
Department of Environmental Management

Date Posted: 1/17/2013



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