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If you have questions, contact Pete Duhamel at 401-423-1927 or peter.duhamel@dem.ri.gov

 

2/19/2020
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING REGULATIONS
Part 5: Lobster, Crabs, and Other Crustaceans (Direct Final Rule effective 2/19/2020);

1/29/2020
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, February 2, 2020 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be seven hundred (700) pounds per vessel per week, until the next sub-period begins May 1, 2020 at 50 pounds per vessel per day.;

1/15/2020
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, January 19, 2020 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder Aggregate Landing Program will be two thousand (2,000) pounds per vessel per bi-week (2 week period).;

1/8/2020
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING REGULATIONS
Part 1: Definitions and General Provisions (November 12 Public Hearing: effective 1/23/20);
Part 4: Shellfish (November 12 Public Hearing: effective 1/13/20);

12/30/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be five hundred (500) pounds per vessel per week until the next sub-period begins on May 1, 2020 at 50 pounds per vessel per day;
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 the commercial possession limit for Bluefish will be one thousand (1,000) pounds per vessel per bi-week until the next sub-period begins on May 1, 2020 at six thousand (6,000) pounds per vessel per week;
3.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 the commercial Menhaden fishery in the Menhaden Management Area will remain closed until further notice;
4.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 the commercial Menhaden fishery in state waters outside of the Menhaden Management Area will remain at 120,000 pounds per vessel per day until further notice;
5.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 the commercial possession limit for Scup General Category will be fifty thousand (50,000) pounds per vessel per day until the next sub-period begins on May 1, 2020 at ten thousand (10,000) pounds per vessel per week;
6.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 the commercial possession limit for Scup Floating Fish Traps will be fifty thousand (50,000) pounds per vessel per day until the next sub-period begins on May 1, 2020 at an unlimited possession limit;
7.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 the commercial Striped Bass General Category fishery will be closed until further notice;
8.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 the commercial Striped Bass Floating Fish Trap fishery will be closed until re-opening the next sub-period on April 1, 2020 at an unlimited possession limit;
9.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day until the next sub-period begins on May 1, 2020 at 100 pounds per vessel per day;
10.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder Aggregate Landing Program will remain closed until re-opening January 5, 2020 for permitted vessels at one thousand (1,000) pounds per vessel per week;
11.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 the commercial Tautog fishery will remain closed until the next sub-period begins on April 1, 2020 at 10 fish per vessel per day;

12/16/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be eight hundred (800) pounds per vessel per day for license holders who hold a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2020 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day. The possession limit for license holders who do not hold a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate remains at 200 pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2020 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day;

12/16/2019
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING REGULATIONS
Part 3: Finfish (November 12 Public Hearing: effective 1/1/20);
Part 12: Research Pilot Aggregate Program (November 12 Public Hearing: effective 1/1/20);

ADOPTION OF NEW REGULATION
Part 13: Cooperative Multi-State Possession and Landing Pilot Program for Sudmmer Flounder (November 12 Public Hearing: effective 1/1/20);

12/11/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Friday, December 13, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be five hundred (500) pounds per vessel per day for license holders who hold a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2020 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day. The possession limit for license holders who do not hold a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate remains at 200 pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2020 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day;

11/8/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, November 24, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be three hundred fifty (350) pounds per vessel per day for license holders who hold a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2020 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day. The possession limit for license holders who do not hold a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate remains at 200 pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2020 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day;

11/8/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Monday, November 11, 2019 the commercial Black Sea Bass fishery will close, until further notice;

11/6/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, November 10, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Bluefish will remain at 20,000 pounds per vessel per week, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2020 at 1,000 pounds per vessel per bi-week;

11/1/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, November 3, 2019 the commercial Tautog fishery will close, until re-opening April 1, 2020 at 10 fish per vessel per day;
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, November 3, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be two hundred fifty (250) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2020 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day;

10/24/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, October 27, 2019 the commercial Striped Bass General Category fishery will re-open at five (5) fish per vessel per day, until further notice;

10/18/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, October 20, 2019 the commercial Striped Bass General Category fishery will re-open at five (5) fish per vessel per day, until the fishery closes at 12:00AM on Friday, October 25, 2019. Please note the Division will continue to monitor harvest and will re-evaluate at the end of the week to determine if there is enough quota remaining to re-open;

10/10/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, October 13, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Striped Bass General Category will be five (5) fish per vessel per day, until the fishery closes at 11:59:59 PM on Thursday, October 17, 2019 for the remainder of the year. Please note the Division will continue to monitor harvest and will re-evaluate at the end of the week to determine if there is enough quota remaining to re-open;
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, October 13, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be two hundred (200) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2020 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day;

10/8/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Large Coastal Aggregated Sharks will be fifty-five (55) sharks per vessel per day, until further notice;

10/2/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, October 6, 2019 the commercial Striped Bass General Category fishery will re-open at five (5) fish per vessel per day, until the fishery closes at 12:00AM on Friday, October 11, 2019;

9/27/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Scup will be twenty-seven thousand (27,000) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2020 at fifty thousand (50,000) pounds per vessel per day;

9/26/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Scup will be twelve thousand (12,000) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2020 at fifty thousand (50,000) pounds per vessel per day;

9/25/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Saturday, September 28, 2019 the commercial Black Sea Bass fishery will close, until the next sub-period begins on November 1, 2019 at fifty (50) pounds per vessel per day;
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Saturday, September 28, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Bluefish fishery will be twenty-thousand (20,000) pounds per vessel per week, until the next sub-period begins on November 10, 2019 at five hundred (500) pounds per vessel per week;

6/18/2019
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING REGULATIONS
Part 3: Finfish (Direct Final Rule: effective 8/8/19);
Part 7: Dealers (Direct Final Rule: effective 8/11/19);

8/16/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, September 1, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder fishery will be two hundred (200) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins on September 16, 2019 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day;

8/16/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Friday, August 16, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Large Coastal Aggregated Sharks fishery will be forty-five (45) sharks per vessel per day, until further notice;

8/15/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, August 18, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Scup - General Category will be twenty-five (25,000) pounds per vessel per week, until further notice;
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, August 18, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Bluefish will be fifteen thousand (15,000) pounds per vessel per week, until further notice;
3.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, August 18, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be one hundred fifty (150) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins on September 16, 2019 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day;

8/1/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, August 4, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Scup - General Category will be twenty-thousand (20,000) pounds per vessel per week, until further notice;

7/19/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, July 21, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Scup - General Category will be fifteen-thousand (15,000) pounds per vessel per week, until further notice;

7/15/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Wedneday, July 17, 2019 the commercial Black Sea Bass fishery will CLOSE, re-opening September 15, 2019 at 50 pounds per vessel per day;

7/8/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Thursday, July 11, 2019 the commercial Striped Bass General Category will CLOSE, until further notice;

6/26/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, June 30, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Bluefish will be twelve-thousand (12,000) pounds per vessel per week, until further notice;

6/25/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, June 30, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day, until further notice;

6/24/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Large Coastal Aggregated Sharks fishery will be thirty-six (36) sharks per vessel per day, until further notice;

6/18/2019
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING REGULATIONS
Part 3: Finfish (effective 6/14/2019);

6/11/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Friday, June 14, 2019 the commercial Biomedical Horseshoe Crab fishery will close, until further notice;

6/6/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 the commercial Black Sea Bass fishery will close, until the next sub-period begins on July 1, 2019 at 50 pounds per vessel per day;

6/4/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, June 9, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be seventy-five (75) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins on September 16, 2019 at 100 pounds per vessel per day;

5/20/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Friday, May 24, 2019 the commercial Tautog fishery will close, until re-opening on October 15, 2019 at 10 fish per day;

4/19/2019
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING REGULATIONS
Part 5: Lobsters, Crabs, and Other Crustaceans (RIMFC 4/1/2019; effective 5/8/2019);
Part 6: General Equipment Provisions (RIMFC 4/1/2019; effective 5/8/2019);

4/15/2019
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING REGULATIONS
Part 3: Finfish (RIMFC 4/1/2019; effective 5/2/2019);

3/29/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Monday, April 1, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Aggregated Large Coastal and Hammerhead Shark species groups will be 3 sharks per vessel per day, until further notice;

3/20/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1. Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, March 24, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be 850 pounds per vessel per week, until the next sub-period begins on May 1, 2019 at 50 pounds per vessel per day;
2. Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, March 31, 2019 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder Aggregate Landing Profram will be 4,000 pounds per vessel per bi-week, until the program closes on April 30, 2019;

3/1/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Saturday, March 9, 2019 the possession limit for Atlantic herring in Area 2 will be 2,000 pounds per vessel per day, or 2,000 pounds per vessel per trip, though December 31, 2019. Vessels participating in other fisheries may possess no more than 2,000 pounds of Atlantic herring per day or per trip. In addition, all vessels traveling through Area 2 must have all seine and mid-water trawl gear stowed;

3/8/2019
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00AM on Sunday, March 3, 2019, the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be 750 pounds per vessel per week, until the next sub-period begins on May 1, 2019, at 50 pounds per vessel per day;

 

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