Onerous Paddling Rules Rescinded in RI

Trio Will Attempt to Canoe Across Rhode Island
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ecoRI.org reports that a Rhode Island regulation that required 10 or more kayakers and/or canoers paddling together to register their trip with the state’s Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has been removed from the 2016-17 fishing regulations.

The 2 sections included in the 2015-16 fishing regulations were roundly criticized by several organizations at 2 public hearings this year. Some people argued that the regulations in the fishing rules were aimed at non-fishermen.

The former regulations required paddling groups to apply for a permit been within 2 weeks prior to the activity. They also stipulated that the same permits be required for “organizational education activities” involving 10 or more boats.

The regulations, however, still apply to fishing tournaments, where large numbers of paddlers can clog an access area. DEM officials said the regulation was aimed at mitigating conflicts at access areas if 2 or more tournaments were scheduled for the same day.

 

Read more about the group paddling rules change in Rhode Island.