Fishing Report
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I step on the dock, and that intangible essence of what boating and fishing brings to me turns on. I have tried to put my finger on it for years. It’s the fact that you are outdoors, in nature, … more
A panel of fishing industry leaders met with Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) Friday, Nov. 15 at his third listening session on the Magnusson-Stevens Act, the federal fishing law of this nation. Huffman, … more
Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline have signed on as co-sponsors to the Climate-Ready Fisheries Act, H.R.4679, a bi-partisan bill now in the House of Representatives.The bill is a … more
The fishing industry in Rhode Island collaborates with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is the way it should be. It … more
The National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reached out to anglers at a Recreational Fishing Workshop Thursday, October 24 at the University of Rhode Island Bay Campus, … more
Anglers across the region reported limiting out on tautog this week and last. Early last week, before the storm, anglers on my boat caught fifteen nice keepers to 25 inches all in about three hours … more
Freshwater fishing has slowed only because many anglers are still targeting saltwater fish. That will likely change this week with Rhode Island stocking area ponds with trout (see above). Those that … more
Abundant fisheries is something all fisherman desire. The more fish in the water, the more for all of us to catch, eat and/or release. This year and next promise to be a big learning experience both … more
Everyone who makes a living on the water, or has a passion to recreational fish, gets spirited when it is time to talk about allocations, regulations and harvest limits. Fisheries decisions can be … more
A U. S. House or Representatives bill (H.R. 1941), the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, which would ban oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, passed last week by a 238 … more
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