Galilee, is home to all types of commercial fishing vessels. Photo/BoatingLocal, Tom Richardson

EcoRINews: The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has issued a new guidance document that synthesizes the priority interests of the state with regard to the conservation and management of marine fisheries.

The report, “Principles & Policies Governing Marine Fisheries Management in Rhode Island,” was developed primarily to guide and support DEM’s programs and activities pertaining to marine fisheries, but also broadly addresses all key issues associated with marine fisheries management in Rhode Island. This is the first document of its kind issued by DEM.

The impetus for this document (pdf) emerged over the course of DEM director Janet Coit’s first 2 years on the job, as she discussed and reviewed various fishery management issues with staff, fishermen, and other stakeholders. Sensing the need for a set of guiding principles and policies that would help to identify and galvanize DEM’s collective efforts related to marine fisheries, Coit and her staff undertook the development of a single vision that captures the breadth of the department’s roles and responsibilities regarding marine fisheries management.

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