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250-RICR-90-00-3 PROPOSED RULE

Title 250 Department of Environmental Management
Chapter 90 Marine Fisheries
Subchapter 00 N/A
Part 3 Finfish
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Proposed
Filing Notice Date 10/17/2022
Filing Hearing Date(s) 11/01/2022
Public Comment Dates 10/17/2022 to 11/17/2022

Regulation Authority:

R.I. Gen. Laws Title 20
R.I. Gen. Laws Chapters 42-17.1
42-17.6
and 42-17.7
and in accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 42-35-18(b)(5)
Administrative Procedures Act
as amended

Purpose and Reason:

1.      Commercial Black Sea Bass Possession Limits: Industry proposal to amend the sub-period starting possession limits (proposed amendments to sections 3.9.2(B)(1)(b), 3.9.2(B)(2)(b), 3.9.2(B)(3)(b), 3.9.2(B)(5)(b), and 3.9.2(B)(6)(b)).

2.      Commercial Scup Possession Limits:  Industry proposal to amend the sub-period starting possession limit for the General Category sector for the summer (May 1 – September 30) sub-period (proposed amendment to section 3.10.2(B)(2)(a)(1)), and amend the starting possession limit for the Floating Fish Trap sector reporting non-compliance default program (sections 3.10.2(B)(2)(b)(4)(AA), and 3.10.2(B)(2)(b)(4)(BB)).

3.      Recreational Striped Bass Gear Restrictions:  Division proposal to adopt a recreational gaffing prohibition for compliance with the ASMFC FMP (proposed new section 3.11.1(F)(3)).

4.      Commercial Summer Flounder Possession Limits:

a.       Industry Proposal # 1:  Proposed amendment to the starting possession limit for the summer (May 1 – Sept. 15) sub-period (section 3.12.2(B)(2)(b)).

b.      Industry Proposal # 2: 

·         Proposed amendment to the starting possession limit for the Aggregate Landing Program (section 3.12.2(B)(1)(c)(3)).

·         Proposed amendment to the possession limit during the summer (May 1 – Sept. 15) sub-period for vessels that hold a valid Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate (section 3.12.2(B)(2)(b)(1))

·         Proposed amendment to the possession limit during the summer (May 1 – Sept. 15) sub-period for vessels that do not hold a valid Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate (section 3.12.2(B)(2)(b)(2))

·         Proposed amendment to the possession limit during the final (Sept. 16 – Dec. 31) sub-period for vessels that hold a valid Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate (section 3.12.2(B)(3)(b)(1))

·         Proposed amendment to the possession limit during the final (Sept. 16 – Dec. 31) sub-period for vessels that do not hold a valid Summer Flounder Exemption Certificate (section 3.12.2(B)(3)(b)(2))

5.      Spanish Mackerel (proposed new section 3.38):  Division proposal to adopt new recreational and commercial regulations as de Minimis ASMFC FMP requirement.

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