Yearly Regulation Amendments

Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Regulations
Minimum Sizes and Possession Limits

If you have questions, contact Pete Duhamel at 401-423-1927 or peter.duhamel@dem.ri.gov


11/28/2022
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING REGULATIONS
1.) Part 2: Commercial Marine Fishing Licenses, Landing Permits, and Party and Charter Licenses;

  • Exit:entry ratio for the Unlimited Finfish endorsement changed from 1:2 to 1:1 (section 2.7.4(C)(4)(a));
  • Maintained 1:1 exit:entry ratio for the Unlimited Shellfish endorsement (no change to rule) (section 2.7.4(C)(4)(b));
  • No Multipurpose Vessel License are to be issued prior to January 1, 2024 (section 2.7.4(C)(2)(e));
  • Other more minor changes throughout rule (as noticed)

 

11/25/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION

1.) Beginning 12:00AM on Sunday, November 27, 2022, the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be one thousand five hundred (1,500) pounds per vessel per day for vessels with a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2023 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day.  

 For vessels without a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will remain at two hundred (200) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2023 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day. 

 For Pilot Aggregate Program participants, this possession limit change corresponds to ten thousand five hundred (10,500) pounds per vessel per week, until further notice.

 

11/15/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION

1.) Beginning 12:00AM on Friday, December 16, 2022, the commercial Cobia fishery will close, until the next period begins January 1, 2023 at two (2) fish per vessel per day. 

 

11/15/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION

1.) Beginning 12:00AM on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, the commercial possession limit for Bluefish will remain at six thousand (6,000) pounds per vessel per week, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2023 at one thousand (1,000) pounds per vessel per bi-week. 

11/10/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION

1.) Beginning 12:00AM on Sunday, November 13, 2022, the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2023 at seven hundred fifty (750) pounds per vessel per week.  For pilot aggregate program participants, the possession limit corresponds to five hundred (500) pounds per vessel per week.

2) Beginning 12:00AM on Sunday, November 13, 2022, the commercial Tautog fishery will close, until the next sub-period begins April 1, 2023 at 10 fish per vessel per day. 

 

10/21/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION

1.) Beginning 12:00 A.M. on Monday, October 24, 2022 the commercial Menhaden fishery in the Menhaden Management Area will CLOSE as a result of the biomass dropping below the 1.5 million pound threshold. The commercial possession limit in State waters outside the Menhaden Management Area will remain open at 120,000 pounds/vessel/day. Please refer to the commercial menhaden regulations (Part 3 - Finfish, section 3.24.2) for more information, or contact Nicole Lengyel Costa at 401-423-1940.

 

10/13/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION

1.) Beginning 12:00AM on Sunday, October 16, 2022, the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will remain at two hundred (200) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2023 at seven hundred fifty (750) pounds per vessel per week.  For pilot aggregate program participants, this possession limit remains at one thousand (1,000) pounds per vessel per week

10/7/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION

1.) Beginning 12:00AM on Sunday, October 9, 2022, the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be two hundred (200) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins October 15, 2022 at fifty (50) pounds per vessel per day.  For pilot aggregate program participants, this possession limit change corresponds to one thousand (1,000) pounds per vessel per week

9/30/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION

1.) Beginning 12:00AM on Saturday, October 1, 2022, the commercial possession limit for Scup General Category and Floating Fish Traps will be twenty-four thousand pounds (24,000) per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2023 at fifty thousand (50,000) pounds per vessel per day;

9/29/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION

1.) Beginning 12:00AM on Saturday, October 1, 2022, the commercial possession limit for Scup General Category and Floating Fish Traps will be twelve thousand pounds (12,000) per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2023 at fifty thousand (50,000) pounds per vessel per day;

2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday October 2, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins October 16, 2022 at fifty (50) pounds per vessel per day. For Pilot Aggregate Participants, this possession limit change corresponds to five hundred (500) pounds per vessel per week;

8/26/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION

1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Friday September 16, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will remain at eight hundred (800) pounds per vessel per day for vessels with a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2023 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day;
For vessels without a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will remain at two hundred (200) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2023 at one (100) pounds per vessel per day;
For pilot aggregate program participants, the possession limit change corresponds to five thousand six-hundred (5,600) pounds per vessel per week, until further notice;

2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Friday September 16, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be fifty (50) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins October 15, 2022 at fifty (50) pounds per vessel per day. For Pilot Aggregate Participants, this possession limit change corresponds to five hundred (500) pounds per vessel per week;

8/26/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday August 28, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be one-hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins September 16, 2022 at fifty (50) pounds per vessel per day. For Pilot Aggregate Participants, this possession limit change corresponds to five hundred (500) pounds per vessel per week until the next sub-period begins on September 16, 2022 at two hundred fifty (250) pounds per vessel per week;

2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday August 28, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder fishery will be eight hundred (800) pounds per vessel per day for vessels with a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, until the next sub-period begins on September 16, 2022 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day;
For vessels without a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will remain at two hundred (200) pounds per veseel per day, until the next sub-period begins on September 16, 2022 at one (100) pounds per vessel per day;
For pilot aggregate program participants, the possession limit change corresponds to Five thousand  six-hundred (5,600) pounds per vessel per week, until the next sub-period begins at seven hundred (700) pounds per vessel per week;

8/25/2022
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING REGULATIONS
1.) Part 3: Finfish (effective date August 18, 2022);

8/19/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday August 21, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be seventy-five (75) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins September 16, 2022 at fifty (50) pounds per vessel per day. For Pilot Aggregate Participants, this possession limit change corresponds to three hundred seventy-five (375) pounds per vessel per week until the next sub-period begins on September 16, 2022 at two hundred fifty (250) pounds per vessel per week;

8/12/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday August 14, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder fishery will be six hundred (600) pounds per vessel per day for vessels with a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, until the next sub-period begins on September 16, 2022 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day;
For vessels without a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will remain at two hundred (200) pounds per veseel per day, until the next sub-period begins on September 16, 2022 at one (100) pounds per vessel per day;
For pilot aggregate program participants, the possession limit change corresponds to four-thousand two-hundred (4,200) pounds per vessel per week, until the next sub-period begins at seven hundred (700) pounds per vessel per week;

8/9/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION

Beginning 12:00 A.M. on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Menhaden Inside the Menhaden Management Area will be one-hundred twenty-thousand (120,000) pounds per vessel per day, until further notice; the commercial possession limit for Menhaden in state waters outside the Menhaden Management Area remains at one-hundred twenty-thousand (120,000) pounds per vessel per day, until further notice. 

The opening of the Menhaden Management Area is based on DMF estimating that the weekly menhaden biomass has exceeded the biomass floor of 2 million pounds. Biomass estimates are updated twice per week; if at any time the biomass is estimated to drop below 1.5 million pounds, or the commercial biomass ceiling is projected to be harvested, or the states commercial quota has been projected to be harvested, the commercial fishery may close.  Please refer to the commercial menhaden regulations (Part 3 - Finfish, section 3.24.2) for more information, or contact Nicole Lengyel Costa at 401-423-1940.

7/22/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday July 24, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder fishery will be four hundred (400) pounds per vessel per day for vessels with a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, until the next sub-period begins on September 16, 2022 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day;
For vessels without a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will remain at two hundred (200) pounds per veseel per day, until the next sub-period begins on September 16, 2022 at one (100) pounds per vessel per day;
For pilot aggregate program participants, the possession limit change corresponds to two-thousdan eight hundred (2,800) pounds per vessel per week, until the next sub-period begins at seven hundred (700) pounds per vessel per week;

7/15/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Monday July 11, 2022 the commercial Scup General Category will be twenty-thousand (20,000) pounds per vessel per week until further notice;
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Monday July 11, 2022 the commercial Black Sea Bass will be one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins August 16, 2022 at fifty (50) pounds per vessel per day. For Pilot Aggregate Participants, this possession limit change corresponds to five hundred (500) pounds per vessel per week until the next sub-period begins on August 16, 2022 at two hundred fifty (250) pounds per vessel per week;

7/6/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Monday July 11, 2022 the commercial Striped Bass General Category fishery will close until the fishery re-opens on June 1, 2023 at 5 fish per vessel per day, with weekly closures on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays;

7/1/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday July 3, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be two hundred pounds (200) per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins on September 16, 2022 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day;

6/15/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Monday June 20, 2022 the commercial Striped Bass General Category fishery will close until the fishery re-opens on July 6, 2022 at 5 fish per vessel per day, with weekly closures on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays;

6/1/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Friday June 3, 2022 the commercial Striped Bass Floating Fish Trap fishery will close until the fishery re-opens on April 1, 2023 at an unlimited possession limit;

5/27/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday May 29, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be one hundred pounds (100) per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins on July 1, 2022 at seventy-five (75) pounds per vessel per day;

5/24/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Thursday May 26, 2022 the commercial Tautog fishery will close until the fishery re-opens on August 1, 2022 at 10 fish per vessel per day;

5/18/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Saturday May 21, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Striped Bass Floating Fish Trap will be five hundred pounds (500) per fish trap licensee per day, until further notice.;

5/13/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Monday May 16, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Menhaden inside the Menhdaen Management Area will be one-hundred-twenty thousand pounds (120,000) per vessel per day, until Tuesday May 17, 2022;

5/5/2022
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING REGULATIONS
1.) Part 2: Commercial Marine Fishing Licenses, Landing Permits, and Party and Charter Licenses (effective date July 1, 2022);

5/3/2022
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING REGULATIONS
1.) Part 4: Shellfish (effective date May 22, 2022);

4/28/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday May 1, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Spiny Dogfish will be seven- thousand five-hundred (7,500) pounds per vessel per day, until further notice;

4/11/2022
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING REGULATIONS
1.) Part 3: Finfish (effective date May 1, 2022);

4/8/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday April 10, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be two thousand (2,000) pounds per vessel per week, until the next sub-period begins on May 1, 2022 at seventy-five pounds per vessel per day;

3/24/2022
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING REGULATIONS
1.) Part 12: Research Pilot Aggregate Program (effective date April 13, 2022);
2.) Part 14: Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate Program (effective date April 13, 2022);

3/11/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday March 13, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder Aggregate Landing Program will be six thousand (6,000) pounds per vessel per bi-week, until the program closes on April 30, 2022.
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday March 13, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be one-thousand five-hundred (1,500) pounds per vessel per week, until tfurther notice;

2/25/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday February 27, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder Aggregate Landing Program will be four thousand (4,000) pounds per vessel per bi-week, until the program closes on April 30, 2022.
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday February 27, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be one thousand (1,000) pounds per vessel per week, until further notice;

1/28/2022
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday January 30, 2022 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder Aggregate Landing Program will be three thousand (3,000) pounds per vessel per bi-week, until the program closes on April 30, 2022.

12/28/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Thursday December 30, 2021 the commercial Summer Flounder will close, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2022 at 100 pounds per vessel per day.

12/17/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, December 19, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be three thousand five hundred (3,500) pounds per vessel per day for vessels with a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2022 at 100 pounds per vessel per day. For vessels without a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will remain at two hundred (200) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2022 at 100 pounds per vessel per day.
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, December 19, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be two hundred (200) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2022 at seven hundred fifty (750) pounds per vessel per week;

12/15/2021
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING REGULATIONS
1.) Part 3: Amended commercial black sea bass management for 2022; adoption of cobia management (effective date January 1, 2022);
2.) Part 14: Program amendments (effective date January 1, 2022);

12/14/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Thursday, December 16, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be two thousand (2,000) pounds per vessel per day for vessels with a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2022 at 100 pounds per vessel per day. For vessels without a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will remain at two hundred (200) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2022 at 100 pounds per vessel per day;

12/8/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Friday, December 10, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be one thousand (1,000) pounds per vessel per day for vessels with a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2022 at 100 pounds per vessel per day. For vessels without a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will remain at two hundred (200) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2022 at 100 pounds per vessel per day.
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Friday, December 10, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2022 at seven hundred fifty (750) pounds per vessel per week;

11/24/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, November 28, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be six hundred (600) pounds per vessel per day for vessels with a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2022 at 100 pounds per vessel per day. For vessels without a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will remain at two hundred (200) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2022 at 100 pounds per vessel per day.

11/18/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Saturday, November 20, 2021 the commercial tautog will close, until the next sub-period begins on April 1, 2022 at ten (10) fish per vessel per day;

11/15/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Bluefish will remain at six-thousand (6,000) pounds per vessel per week, until the further notice;

10/25/2021
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING REGULATIONS
1.) Part 2: Amended exit:entry ratio for the Restricted Finfish endorsement from 1:1 to 1:2 (effective date January 1, 2022);
2.) Part 4: December 2021 harvest schedules for Greenwich Bay, Bissel Cove/Fox Island, and Providence River Shellfish Management Areas (effective date November 9, 2021);
3.) Part 6: Floating fish trap permit issuance process (effective date November 8, 2021);

10/20/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Friday, October 22, 2021 the commercial Menhaden fishery in waters outside of the Menhaden Management Area will open at one-hundred twenty thousand (120,000) pounds per vessel per day. Beginning 12:00AM on Monday October 25,2021 the fishery will close, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2022 at one-hundred twenty thousand (120,000) pounds per vessel per day;
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday October 24, 2021 the commercial Black Sea Bass fishery will close, until the next sub-period begins on November 1, 2021 at fifty (50) pounds per vessel per day

10/15/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 the commercial Menhaden fishery in waters outside of the Menhaden Management Area will close, until the next sub-period begins on January 1, 2022 at one-hundred twenty thousand (120,000) pounds per vessel per day;

10/13/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, October 17, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be four hundred (400) pounds per vessel per day for vessels with a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2022 at 100 pounds per vessel per day. For vessels without a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will remain at two hundred (200) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2022 at 100 pounds per vessel per day.

9/292021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Friday, October 1, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Scup General Category and Floating Fish Traps will be twenty-one thousand pounds (21,000) per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2022 at 100 pounds per vessel until the next sub period begins on January 1, 2022 at 50,000 pounds per vessel per day.
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Monday, October 4, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Striped Bass General Category will be five (5) fish per vessel per day, until further notice. Please be reminded that the general category is closed on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays. Striped bass floating fish traps remains open, unlimited possession limit.

9/14/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Thursday, September 16, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will remain at five hundred (500) pounds per vessel per day for vessels with a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2022 at 100 pounds per vessel per day. For vessels without a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will remain at two hundred (200) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins January 1, 2022 at 100 pounds per vessel per day.

9/5/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, September 5, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be five hundred (500) pounds per vessel per day for vessels with a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, until the next sub-period begins September 16, 2021 at 100 pounds per vessel per day. For vessels without a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will remain at two hundred (200) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins September 16, 2021 at 100 pounds per vessel per day.

8/19/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Thursday, August 19, 2021 the commercial Tautog fishery will close, until the next sub-period begins on October 15, 2021 at ten (10) fish per vessel per day;

8/13/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, August 15, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be three hundred (300) pounds per vessel per day for vessels with a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate, until the next sub-period begins September 16, 2021 at 100 pounds per vessel per day. For vessels without a Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder will be two hundred (200) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins September 16, 2021 at 100 pounds per vessel per day.
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, August 15, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Scup General Category will be twenty thousand (20,000) pounds per vessel per week, until the next sub-period begins October 1, 2021 at two thousand (2,000) pounds per vessel per day;

7/30/2021
MANAGEMENT SEASON MODIFICATION
Due to water quality closures in the Providence River shellfish management area during the open season the predetermined alternate dates will now be open to harvest, notwithstanding closures due to water quality impairment. The following dates will be open to harvest from 8:00AM to 11:00AM;
August: 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30 and September 1 and 3 in 2021;

7/29/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, August 1, 2021 the commercial Black Sea Bass fishery will close, until the next sub-period begins on August 16, 2021 at fifty (50) pounds per vessel per day;

7/15/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, July 18, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be fifty (50) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins August 16, 2021 at 100 pounds per vessel per day
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, July 18, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder fwill be one hundred fifty (150) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins September 16, 2021 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day;

7/6/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Friday, July 9, 2021 the commercial Striped Bass General Category fishery will close, until further notice;

6/25/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, June 27, 2021 the commercial Black Sea Bass fishery will close, until the next sub-period begins July 1, 2021 at one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day;

6/18/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, June 20, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be fifty (50) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins July 1, 2021 at 100 pounds per vessel per day
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 the commercial Striped Bass General Category fishery will close, until the next sub-period begins July 1, 2021 at 5 fish per vessel per day, the fishery will be closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the sub-period.

6/7/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 the commercial Menhaden fishery in the Menhaden Management Area will close as a result of the harvest cap being fully harvested. State waters outside the Menhaden Management Area will remain open at 120,000 pounds/vessel/day due to the states participation in the ASMFC Episoidc Event Set Aside (ESA) Program. While the state is participating the in ESA, all fish must be harvested exclusively from RI state waters.

5/18/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Thursday, May 20, 2021 the commercial Tautog fishery will close, until the next sub-period begins August 1, 2021 at 10 fish per vessel per day

4/15/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Monday, May 17, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Menhaden Inside the Menhaden Management Area will be one-hundred twenty-thousand (120,000) pounds per vessel per day, until further notice; the commercial possession limit for Menhaden in state waters outside the Menhaden Management Area remains at one-hundred twenty-thousand (120,000) pounds per vessel per day, until further notice;
The opening of the Menhaden Management Area is based on DMF estimating that the weekly menhaden biomass has exceeded the biomass floor of 2 million pounds. Biomass estimates are updated twice per week and if at any time the biomass is estimated to drop below 1.5 million pounds, or the commercial biomass ceiling is projected to be harvested, or the states commercial quota has been projected to be harvested, the commercial fishery may close with 48 hours' notice. please see the commercial menhaden regulations (Part 3 section 3.22.2) for more information, or contact Nicole Lengyel Costa at 401-423-1940.

4/23/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, April 25, 2021 the commercial Summer Flounder Aggregate Landing Program will close, as the 90% harvest trigger will be met. The possession limit for Summer Flounder will be one hundred (100) pounds per vessel per day, until the next sub-period begins May 1, 2021 at 100 pounds per vessel per day

4/22/2021
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING REGULATIONS
Part 3: Finfish (effective April 22,2021);

4/20/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Thursday, April 22, 2021 the commercial Black Sea Bass fishery will close, until the next sub-period begins May 1, 2021 at 100 pounds per vessel per day

4/9/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, April 11, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be one thousand (1,000) pounds per vessel per week, until the next sub-period begins May 1, 2021 at 100 pounds per vessel per day

3/23/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Large Coastal Aggregated Sharks will be fifty-five (55) sharks per vessel per day, until further notice;
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Hammerhead Sharks will be fifty-five (55) sharks per vessel per day, until further notice;

3/12/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, March 14, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder Aggregate Landing Program will be four thousand five hundred (4,500) pounds per vessel per bi-week, until the program closes on April 30, 2021;
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, March 14, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be two thousand (2,000) pounds per vessel per week, until the next sub-period begins May 1, 2021 at 100 pounds per vessel per day;

2/26/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, February 28, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder Aggregate Landing Program will be four thousand (4,000) pounds per vessel per bi-week, until the program closes on April 30, 2021;
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, February 28, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be one thousand five hundred (1,500) pounds per vessel per week, until the next sub-period begins May 1, 2021 at 100 pounds per vessel per day;

1/9/2021
POSSESSION LIMIT MODIFICATION
1.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, February 14, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Summer Flounder Aggregate Landing Program will be three thousand (3000) pounds per vessel per bi-week, until the program closes on April 30, 2021;
2.) Beginning 12:00A.M. on Sunday, February 14, 2021 the commercial possession limit for Black Sea Bass will be one thousand (1000) pounds per vessel per week, until the next sub-period begins May 1, 2021 at 100 pounds per vessel per day;

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