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RI Comm Bassstarts May 29
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 16:25:52 EDT




The 2016 RI commercial general category striped bass season opens this Sunday, May 29th, 2016, with the fishery being closed on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the season. The 2016 RI commercial striped bass tags are available at the Department of Environmental Managements Marine Fisheries Office in Jamestown, RI, and DEM’ s Division of Coastal Resources Office in the Port of Galilee, RI, for properly licensed RI seafood dealers.


Tags are only available in these offices Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Additionally, please note that state offices will be CLOSED on Monday, May 30th, 2016 for Memorial Day.


No licensed dealer may purchase a striped bass where the right pectoral fin has been removed (RIMF Regulations, Part 7 – Dealer Regulations). Any licensed dealer who receives commercial striped bass tags is required to submit a tagging report to the Division accounting for each tag received, whether used, broken, or unused. Dealers, who do not supply tagging reports for the tags they have already been issued, or who are not compliant with SAFIS dealer reporting requirements, will not be allowed to receive additional tags. Dealers who do not submit tagging reports accounting for each tag used in 2016, and who do not return unused tags by January 1st, 2017, will not be issued any tags in 2017 (RIMF Regulations, Part XII – Striped Bass).


An electronic excel template is available upon request for any dealer who wishes to submit their tagging reports electronically via email. Tagging reports may be submitted directly at Marine Fisheries or Coastal Resources, or via email, mail, or fax. Anyone with questions should contact Marine Fisheries at 401-423-1923