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Fin Clipping – R.I. Adopts Laws to Curb Illegal Sale of Striped Bass

Striped BassThe Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) recently enacted new regulations to help prevent the illegal harvest and sale of Atlantic striped bass. The new rules, outlined in Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Regulations, Part XII Striped Bass, require recreational anglers to clip the right pectoral fin of striped bass 34 inches or larger at the time of harvest; fish with a missing right pectoral fin can’t be sold commercially in Rhode Island. DEM said the new regulations, adopted following considerable public input, will help prevent “stockpiling,” which occurs when fish are harvested on a day closed to commercial fishing and then offered for sale on an open day. The new regulations also address fish being illegally transported and sold in neighboring states, according to DEM. Read the rest here 09:00

NOAA releases $705k in Federal Disaster Assistance to RI to help local fishermen

c1a5be0b-8447-4e02-a699-f832bd9b3c2a-large16x9_RIFishingBoatsU.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse together with Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline and Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) on Saturday announced a new wave of federal funding has been released from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide direct assistance to Rhode Island fishermen affected by the 2013 groundfish disaster. The $705,658 allocation will also support a recruitment and training program aimed at enhancing the commercial fishing industry’s workforce. Read the rest here  13:47