black sea bass

Fluke & Black Sea Bass Regs Set

From the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association:

Rhode Island’s Black Sea Bass and Summer Flounder
Recreational Regulations Finally Set for 2017
SUMMER FLOUNDER
The ASMFC Summer Flounder Management Board has denied Rhode Island’s request to have different regulations than was mandated for coastal states.  RI proposed a conservation equivalency measure of 6 fish at 19 inches and cutting off 19 days of our season.
This request was denied.  This means RI has to go along with the Addendum rules of FOUR fish at 19 inches with a May 1 to December 31 season.
According to Jason McNamee, Chief of the RIDEM Marine Fisheries Division, RI will appeal this decision.
BLACK SEA BASS

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Dave Henault and Rene Letourneau with a nice bsb

There will be a fall closure, but it will allow an earlier opening.   Last year fluke anglers were catching black sea bass, but having to throw keepers away because the season wasn’t open.  So, for 2017:
15 inch minimum size
May 25 to Aug 31 – 3 fish/day
Sept 1 to Sept 21 – 7 fish/day
Sept 22 – Oct 21  – closed
Oct 22 to Dec 31 – 7 fish/day
  All of the Rhode Island Recreational Fishing Regulations can be found on the RISAA web site at http://www.risaa.org/regs.html
Thank you to RISAA for all your hard work, passion and outreach.

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