Rhode Island Scup Season Extended

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Following on the heels of Connectocit’s move to extend its recreational scup season, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has announced that Rhody’s recreational scup fishery will also be extended to December 31, 2011, with a daily possession limit of 10 fish per licensed person.

Also, the scup season for charter and partyboats, which was scheduled to close on October 11, 2011, will be extended to December 31, 2011, with a daily possession limit of 10 fish per person.

In order to increase access to the overstocked scup population and thereby afford relief and reduce the ecological peril faced by the tautog population which has been declared to “overfished,” DEM Director Janet Coit has determined that it is necessary to adopt regulatory amendments via emergency rule making in order to extend the recreational season for scup until December 31.

The Department plans to file the regulatory action with the RI Secretary of State’s Office on Monday, September 26. It will take effective immediately, thus allowing for an uninterrupted continuation of the 2011 RI recreational scup fishery.

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