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

 

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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