Important Rhode Island Fisheries Meeting Tonight

Winter flounder is just one of the species being discussed at tonight's DEM public hearings.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management will hear public input on several proposed changes of interest to recreational fishermen in the Ocean State.

The public hearing will commence at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22, in the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, Corless Auditorium, South Ferry Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Public comment will be solicited on the following proposals (looks like a long and busy night ahead!):

  1. Proposed changes to the Recreational Summer Flounder Management Plan (proposes a reduction in minimum size from 19.5” to 18.5”)
  2. Proposed changes to the Commercial Winter Flounder Management Plan
  3. Proposed changes to the Recreational and Commercial Tautog Management Plan
  4. Proposed changes to the Recreational Scup Management Plan
  5. Proposed changes to the Recreational Black Sea Bass Management Plan
  6. Proposed changes to the Commercial Monkfish Management Plan
  7. Proposed changes to the Commercial Cod Management Plan
  8. Proposed changes to the Commercial General Category Striped Bass Management Plan
  9. Proposed changes to the Recreational Striped Bass Management Plan
  10. Proposed changes to the Commercial Floating Fish Trap Striped Bass Management Plan
  11. Proposed changes to the Narragansett Bay Menhaden Management Plan (includes closing the Providence River north of Conimicut Point to all purse seining, allowing a maximum purse seine boat of 85′, and other restrictions)
  12. Proposal to amend the soft-shell clam regulations to increase the minimum legal size statewide
  13. Proposal to establish Conimicut Point Shellfish Management Area
  14. Proposal to establish a daily soft-shell clam possession limit for Conimicut Point Shellfish Management Area
  15. Proposal to amend the soft-shell clam regulations for non-shellfish management areas by reducing the daily possession limit statewide

You can view the Public Hearing announcement document here:

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

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