General Equipment Provisions (250-RICR-90-00-6)
|Title||250||Department of Environmental Management|
|Part||6||General Equipment Provisions (250-RICR-90-00-6)|
|Type of Filing||Direct Final Amendment|
|Regulation Status||Proposed View Active Rule|
|Filing Notice Date||10/07/2019|
|Public Comment Dates||10/07/2019 to 11/06/2019
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 § 42-35-18(b)(5), Administrative Procedures Act.
Purpose and Reason :
1. Section 6.7(C)(6): Re-establish in rule the general provision for escape vent trap construction, which is currently only contained in rules for commercial black sea bass and scup. This rule was formerly included in RI Marine Fisheries regulation Part XI - Commercial Fisheries (repealed March 2016) as a general provision applicable to all pots, but was inadvertently only placed in the black sea bass and scup sections when the rules were transferred to Part 6 – General Equipment Provisions. This provision is necessary to maintain compliance with ASMFC fishery management plans (FMP) such as the Tautog FMP.
2. Section 6.8.2(C)(1): Re-establish in rule the area of trawling prohibition in upper Narragansett Bay consistent with R.I. Gen. Laws § 20-4-2 & 20-4-3. This rule was formerly included in RI Marine Fisheries regulation Part XI - Commercial Fisheries (repealed March 2016), and was inadvertently omitted when rules were transferred to current Part 6 - General Equipment Provisions.
3. Section 6.8.3(I)(6): Amend dates that gill net tags are valid. This amendment was included as part of the public hearing held in March 2019. The final rule filed as a result of this hearing inadvertently omitted the approved revised language that extended the valid dates of tags to January 1, 2021, and which is now proposed to be extended to February 28, 2021 to better align with the fishing season.
4. Several non-substantive wording clarifications throughout regulation