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Walk-in service at the Division of Marine Fisheries has been paused. Needs are being met by phone, mail, or email.
Obtaining Whelk Pot and Tautog Tags
Please be advised the Coastal Resources building at 301 Great Island Rd. in Galilee is now open. Commercial fishermen participating in the commercial tautog fishery must now pick up commercial Tautog tags at this office. Tags are no longer available through the mail.
For persons picking up additional tags, a new application must be completed, and all tags previously obtained must be accounted for on the tautog tag reporting form (attached), which must be completed and submitted when obtaining additional tags. The tag application form is found here.
Please also be advised that the last day of the spring season is May 31, 2020, with the fishery re-opening on August 1, 2020.
All reporting requirements and other marine fisheries regulations remain in effect. DEM's Marine Fisheries staff are currently serving all customer needs by phone, mail, and email. For questions, contact the Division of Marine Fisheries at 401-423-1923 or DEM.MarineFisheries@dem.ri.gov and the Division of Coastal Resources at 401-783-5551.
New Licenses for Direct Sales of Certain Seafood Products
Direct Sale Dealer License
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DEM has filed an emergency regulation that establishes a new Direct Sale Dealer License. The new dealer license is available to RI residents holding a valid commercial fishing license or resident landing permit that allows for the harvest and landing of finfish and/or crustaceans in RI.
The license authorizes the direct sale of certain species of finfish directly to consumers and licensed seafood retailers from the vessel on which they were harvested. The license also authorizes the sale, and transport for sale, of live lobsters and crabs directly to consumers and licensed seafood retailers from the vessel on which they were harvested. Learn more
Shellfish Direct Sales Eligibility
The Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Environmental Management (DEM) have evaluated options to allow for direct sales of shellfish to consumers in order to alleviate some of the challenges associated with selling shellfish during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information provided here applies to both wild harvest shellfish and cultured shellfish in Rhode Island. To participate, specific eligibility requirements must be met in order to remain compliant with the Food and Drug Administration’s National Shellfish Sanitation Program’s Guide for Control of Molluscan Shellfish, as well as the Rhode Island Food Code. Learn more