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Fish & Wildlife

About Fish & Wildlife

Our mission is to ensure that the Freshwater and Wildlife Resources of the State of Rhode Island will be conserved and managed for equitable and sustainable use.

As part of a larger network of recreational opportunities in Rhode Island, hunting and fishing play an important role in connecting people with nature, supporting quality of life and family traditions, and attracting tourism. Fishers and hunters purchase around 70,000 licenses, permits, stamps, and tags each year and contribute more than $235 million to Rhode Island's economy. Revenue generated from license and permit sales support Rhode Island fish and wildlife conservation programs. A critical source of funding, these monies are leveraged to match federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program dollars that support outdoor recreational opportunities for fishing, hunting, and boating in Rhode Island.

Upcoming Events

ARE Program

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Hunter Education

Hunter Education 2 DAY

Location: Smithfield Sportsman's Club- 14 Walter Carey Rd- Greenville RI

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Wildlife Outreach

Pollinator Party

Location: Davis Park Community Garden, Providence

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Stay Informed - Fish & Wildlife Newsletter

Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on DEM Division of Fish & Wildlife's news, events, and volunteer opportunities!

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Contact Divison of Fish & Wildlife

Phillip Edwards, Chief
Christine Dudley, Deputy Chief, Freshwater & Diadromous Fisheries
Jay Osenkowski, Deputy Chief, Wildlife
Sarah Riley, Chief Implementation Aide

Phone: 1-401-789-0281
Fax: 1-401-783-7490

Contact Aquatic Resource Education & Hunter Safety Education

Phone: 1-401-539-0019 
Fax: 1-401-539-0453

Aquatic Resource Education Coordinator: Kimberly.Sullivan@dem.ri.gov