Fishing Regulations for the Season (250-RICR-60-00-10)


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Title 250 Department of Environmental Management
Chapter 60 Fish and Wildlife
Subchapter 00 N/A
Part 10 Fishing Regulations for the Season (250-RICR-60-00-10)
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Active
Effective 03/25/2021 to 07/23/2021

Regulation Authority :

RIGL Sections 20-1-4; 20-1-12 and 20-1-13, as well as Chapters 42-71.1, and 42-17.6, in accordance with requirements with Chapter 42-35 "Adminstrative Procedures Act" of the General Laws of 1956.

Purpose and Reason :

The purpose of this proposed emergency rule is to establish the opening date (April 7, 2021) of the freshwater fishing season. 

Rules were last promulgated on August 2, 2020 governing the seasons 2021-2022 recreational freshwater fishery program. The rules are subject to formal annual review and public comment. A full public process occurred, and no substantial modifications were made to the rules at that time.  The traditional opening day of freshwater fishing season, the second Saturday of April, was adopted with little or no discussion.

Brief statement of Reason for Finding Imminent Peril :

The purpose and justification for the proposed emergency rule is the protection of public health from imminent peril. Traditionally, the opening day of freshwater fishing season generates high public participation and crowded areas and conditions in many public fishing areas. Given the continued health concerns and state of emergency regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Rhode Island Department of Health regarding the need to continue to practice “social distancing” to minimize transmission of the virus, DEM seeks to eliminate/reduce to the greatest extent possible the crowded conditions of opening day for the 2021 freshwater fishing season by timing the opening of fishing season to April 7, 2021, providing an earlier, mid-week opportunity for opening day. This change is designed to support a more gradual opening to the freshwater fishing season, lessening the crowding that poses a risk to public health from COVID-19.