The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has published its first annual Rhode Island Recreational Saltwater Fishing Guide, now available at bait and tackle shops, marine supply stores, town halls, chambers of commerce, and other locations throughout the state.

“This new guide is designed to help make the already great experience of saltwater fishing in Rhode Island even better,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “It’s designed to serve the interests of all saltwater fishermen – newcomers to the sport as well as seasoned anglers.”

The full-color magazine provides information on a variety of fishing-related issues, including current regulations. It also includes information on local fishing and boating access sites, commonly caught species, and a variety of articles on recreational fishing issues and events. The publication also features information on local businesses that provide fishing-related services and supplies such as party and charter boats, and bait and tackle shops.

The guide is funded entirely through excise taxes that fishermen pay on tackle, fishing equipment and fuel through the federal Sportfish Restoration Program, and licensing fees through the RI Recreational Saltwater License Program.

According to newly released estimates from the federal government, expenditures by recreational saltwater fishermen in Rhode Island total about $179 million annually; those expenditures generate some $157 million in sales and $48 million in income, and support nearly 1,300 jobs.

The guide is also available online by CLICKING HERE.

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