DEM

Ben Taft / RI DEM

Back in the 80’s the state started a project to boost a declining wild turkey population by establishing new flocks across the state – from Exeter to Foster, Scituate to Tiverton.

That helped.

But the turkey population has declined in the past few years. So the DEM counts female turkeys and young turkeys to get a sense of population growth. And this is where the public comes in. The DEM is asking residents to report sightings of turkey hens and young turkeys.

The wild turkey population is estimated at about 3,500, a number that’s grown in the past two years.

Rhode Island will receive nearly $2 million in relief funds to help fishermen hit by sharp cuts in catch limits.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Ken Ayars, chief of the Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture. They talk about the state of local farming, the changing definition of farming and how farms contribute to the local economy.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

A newly created fisheries institute in Rhode Island will develop and take on new innovative and practical research projects. The institute is partnership between the Department of Environmental Management and the University of Rhode Island.

RI Lakes And Ponds Stocked For Winter Fishing

Jan 6, 2014
Catherine Welch / RIPR

The state Department of Environmental Management is stocking six Rhode Island ponds with brook trout for the winter fishing season.  According to a press release, the agency is stocking six ponds with 1,000 brook trout. This is on top of the 2,000 trout that were stocked last month.

Anglers are required to carry a current fishing license and a Trout Conservation Stamp. The daily bag limit currently stands at two fish per day.

Anglers are forbidden from wearing felt-soled footgear, as it promotes the spread of invasive species.

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