Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing
New Regulations in effect aimed at reducing poaching
NEW 2016 Striped Bass Regulations
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has adopted new striped bass fin clipping regulations for 2016.
The new striped bass regulation requires anglers who have recreationally harvested striped bass 34 inches or larger, to remove the entire right pectoral fin. This regulation only applies to fish that have been recreationally harvested, not to fish that the angler is not retaining and plans on releasing. A complementary dealer regulation prohibits any licensed fish/shellfish dealer in RI from purchasing a striped bass where the entire right pectoral fin has been removed.
The intent of the new regulations was to bring us in line with Massachusetts who adopted similar regulations in 2015 to prevent stockpiling, or recreationally harvesting fish on closed commercial days and then offering them for sale on an open commercial day. The new regulations will also make it easier to identify fish harvested recreationally versus commercially, and address the concern regarding fish harvested from RI state waters being illegally transported and sold in neighboring states. In particular, Block Island Sound is a hot spot for striped bass in the summer months and often attracts anglers from across the region. Anyone with questions should contact DEM Marine Fisheries at 401-423-1923
The right pectoral fin should be removed as close to the body of the fish as possible