CRMC's Potter Pond shell game of last minute Hail Mary's ignores the will of so many opponents of losing more open water to private business. We have been telling this tale for almost six years and we're all just as frustrated as when this was proposed without notice to anyone on the pond.
Boats blocking public access are just as egregious as wealthy weekenders guarding "their" piece of a beach. With this crush of tourism in many coastal communities, people's laziness or belief their seasonal residence affords them a pass to year round laws, can block others from accessing water. Please, take your boats home.
Rhode Island's CRMC subcommittee has recommended that Perry Raso's application to expand his shellfish business into a salt pond with a long history of various recreational uses, be denied. The RI Saltwater Anglers are looking for some help with their own subcommittees. RIDEM wants to help you learn to tie flies and our good friend Tom Adams help us understand the benefits of tree saddles for deer hunting .
The RI Coastal Advocacy Coalition has delivered a letter to CRMC looking for regulatory change in the way it considers approving and siting shellfish businesses in public trust waters. With summer a wrap, Todd Treonze has been awarded the OSKAA Angler of the Year. Dennis Zambrotta has some sage advice for surfcasting Block Island and RISAA's Greg Vespe pulled a bomber bonito out of chilly November waters.
Greg Vespe, experienced fisherman, talented boat handler, patient teacher and solid human, will lead the RI Saltwater Anglers Association as its new President. His skills on the water and background participating in the fisheries management process make Mr. Vespe the perfect choice to represent some 7500 members and affiliated groups.
The Beaver River in Richmond, Rhode Island has new state regulations to help protect native brook trout populations. No more hatchery raised trout will be allowed in the river system and hopefully native brookies will thrive, reminding anglers just how magical it can be to hike in deep for fish in shallow streams. Then we'll visit Randy Degrace to hear about his almost state record black sea bass.
When government doesn't engage the very people who might be impacted by their tax funded actions, there will be opposition and just maybe, anarchy. Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Management Council has invited even more scrutiny by softballing aquaculture applications literally under people's noses, without ever letting them know of the impacts. That's pure bull and the curtain has been called.
Randy Degrace lead the Ocean State Kayak Fishing group through thick fog to find stripers and new friends for their 2nd Anuual tournament. By the afternoon, it was a bluebird day with fish caught and released then generous prizes and raffles. OSKF made this a perfect day on The Bay and Jose Agustin Vinas-Vasquez's first day in a kayak was the star of the show.
Throw Todd a Line
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