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
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