Commercial Licensing, Logbooks & Reporting

Electronic Reporting

Electronic Reporting for Fishermen

All commercial fishermen with a multipurpose (MPURP) license or a commercial fishing license (CFL) or principle effort license (PEL) with finfish, crustacean, or whelk endorsements must report catch and effort to RIDMF. The method reports are submitted (VTR, state paper logbook, or electronic) must be declared at the time of license issuance. 
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All Party and Charter licensed fishermen must report all party and charter trips electronically to RIDMF through either eTRIPS Desktop or eTRIPS Mobile.

Electronic Reporting for Dealers

All RI Seafood Dealers are required to report their purchases to SAFIS eDR twice a week. Reports are required for all primary purchases of wild harvest and aquaculture marine species. All reports are due within 5 days of the primary purchase.

New Licenses for Direct Sales of Certain Seafood Products

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Division has filed an emergency regulation that establishes a new Direct Sale Dealer License. The new dealer license is available to RI residents holding a valid commercial fishing license or resident landing permit that allows for the harvest and landing of finfish and/or crustaceans in RI.

The license authorizes the direct sale of certain species of finfish directly to consumers and licensed seafood retailers from the vessel on which they were harvested. The license also authorizes the sale, and transport for sale, of live lobsters and crabs directly to consumers and licensed seafood retailers from the vessel on which they were harvested.

Dockside sales of lobsters/crabs directly to consumers, conducted pursuant to an existing dockside sales endorsement, may continue as permitted by the endorsement, and are not affected by this new dealer license. Holders of an existing dockside sales endorsement who wish to sell live lobsters/crabs directly to licensed seafood retailers, and/or wish to engage in the delivery and sale of live lobsters/crabs, and/or wish to sell finfish dockside, must obtain the new Direct Sale Dealer License.

The new Direct Sale Dealer License includes a number of provisions governing harvest, handling, reporting, and direct-sale activities undertaken pursuant to the license, all of which must be strictly adhered to. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to read thoroughly the Protocols and Guidance for Direct Sales of Marine Species in Rhode Island to determine if they can meet all requirements associated with the new license.

For questions pertaining to the new license, contact Robert Ballou at