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Message From the Chief

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Rhode Island has much to offer the outdoor enthusiast. With over 400 miles of coastline, miles of streams and rivers, freshwater lakes and ponds, the water sports opportunities are almost limitless. Add to this the ability to go into our state parks and you have all facets of what anyone could desire in the outdoors

As a lifelong Rhode Islander, I never truly appreciated these areas until I became the chief of the division of law enforcement. During my time as chief, I have come across some areas of our state that rival those of the deep woods of New Hampshire or Maine. It is hard to imagine that such beautiful places are located literally within minutes of where we live.

Being an active hunter and fresh and saltwater fisherman, Rhode Island offers an incredible variety of options for all season. Waterfowl, whitetail deer and small game hunting are available on both state and private properties throughout the state. I would challenge many of our neighboring states to provide whitetail deer populations and hunter success rates. Stocked

pheasant hunting is available and our location within the waterfowl migration and wintering routes offer what some would consider world class hunting experiences.

We have some of the best recreational and charter saltwater fishing options in the northeast. Whether fishing out of one of our ports with an experienced charter captain or simply walking the vast shorelines chasing fall runs of striped bass and bluefish, the avid angler has boundless opportunity. If it is offshore big game fishing that drives you, there is no shortage of available fisheries there. Codfish, shark, tuna and marlin can be found off our coastline and while you’re out you may see porpoise, whales, sea turtles and other marine life.

As far as freshwater fishing, the state stocks trout and salmon in our freshwater ponds, rivers and streams. I think that it would be difficult to find a state that stocks the volume and size of the trout that our hatcheries produce on a yearly basis.

As chief of the Rhode Island Environmental Police, I encourage you to get out and explore our great natural resources. Take part in the variety of outdoor activities whether on land or water, and see what you have been missing.

Dean Hoxsie, Chief

To report violations, please call: (401) 222-3070

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