In what Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management chief Janet Coit says is an effort to protect the striper fishery, DEM today filed new regulations for the recreational striped bass fishery for the 2015 fishing season.
The new rules set a bag limit of one striped bass per person per day, at a 28-inch minimum size, down from a daily limit of two fish per person last season. On the commercial side, the regulations will remain the same as last year – five fish per vessel per day, with a 34 inch minimum. But the commercial quota will be reduced by 25 percent.
State legislators have introduced a resolution that would create a special commission to study the effects of ocean acidification on Rhode Island.
The world’s oceans are becoming increasingly acidic from all the carbon dioxide we’re dumping into them. Important habitats and fisheries, like shellfish, are rapidly degrading in many parts of the world due to ocean’s changing chemistry.
Seals from Maine and the Atlantic Provinces of Canada start migrating to Narragansett Bay in October. But February is one of the best months for seal watching in Narragansett Bay. That’s when the number of migrating seals peaks, ranging between 300-500.
A new bill introduced at the general assembly could ban the use of plastic bags across the state. It’s the latest attempt to ban plastic bags in the last several years.
The bill would gradually phase out the use of plastic bags over the course of two years at retail stores such as grocery, and convenience stores. Over the past three years similar bills have some received public support, but failed in the General Assembly.