These are state regulations that cover shore to 3 miles out. Electronic reporting in action the next time you re out fishing you may notice that interviewers no longer use pencils and paper forms to collect information from saltwater recreational anglers about their trips.
License permit information season dates size creel limits and more.
Recreational fishing regulations ri. Part 1 definitions and general provisions part 2 commercial and recreational saltwater fishing licensing regulations part 3 finfish part 4 shellfish part 5 lobsters crabs and other crustaceans part 6 general equipment provisions part 7 fish shellfish dealers regulations part 11 regulations governing education. Current retention limits and minimum sizes for atlantic bluefin tuna recreational fisheries. When fishing beyond three miles federal regulations apply.
Bookmark this page for future updates and revisions. Rhode island state waters provide an excellent resource and space for recreational fishing activity from striped bass fishing to digging quahogs and everything in between. Nicole lengyel costa principal marine biologist ri dem division of marine fisheries assessing the overall health and condition of a fish stock is one of the primary objectives for fisheries managers.
Additional requirements may be applicable. It is illegal for any person to harvest horseshoe crabs in rhode island for recreational purposes without a horseshoe crab harvest permit. 2019 recreational regulations rhode island saltwater fishing.
Narragansett bay southern coastal ponds block island sound and rhode island sound have and continue to offer avid fishers an outlet to fish and learn more about rhode. Understanding striped bass and blue fish regulations by. See noaa fisheries regulations page.
Bag limits for bluefin tuna vary by permit vessel type fish size and region. 2020 size season and possession limits species minimum size open season possession limit american eel 9 open year round 25 eels person day or 50 eels vsl day for licensed party charter vessels black sea bass 15 june 24. This regulation helps ensure that any fish captured during recreational harvest cannot be sold commercially in rhode island or massachusetts.
This information is used to set fisheries regulations that allow for the sustainable harvest of a species and ensure the population will. These are the rhode island recreational size and bag limits of common saltwater species. Instead shoreside samplers working for state fish and wildlife agencies are using electronic tablets to make collecting and processing information more efficient.
Please do your part and help prevent the illegal sale of striped bass caught while. There is an annual commercial harvest quota allocated to the state of rhode island by the atlantic states marine fisheries commission asmfc. Any resident with a horseshoe crab harvest permit.
Official 2020 rhode island saltwater fishing rules regulations. 2019 size season and possession limits.