Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Newsflash....RI DEM Rules "One 28 inch striper a day for 2015 for recreational fishermen"

The roller coaster regarding striper regulations for 2015 has just taken another turn.  The RI Marine Fisheries Council, an advisory board to the DEM, submitted a reduction plan last month that called for one fish a day (28 in.) for recreational fishermen and 2 fish (32 in.) a day for "for hire" charter boats. Today, the DEM director, who had the final say, ruled one 28 fish a day for all recreational fishermen for 2015. From what I am hearing, two things swayed the final verdict.  The recreational fishing community, which wanted a fish a day, 28 inch limit, mounted a huge letter writing campaign and e-mail writing campaign directed toward Janet Coit, DEM Director, and newly elected Gov. Raimondo.  Secondly, all the states around us already opted for the one fish a day at 28 inches. So, starting this spring it will be one striper a day (28 in. ) for everyone (except commercial fishermen whose catches will be reduced by 25 %).
Here is a further link from the Providence Journal.