Forum on R.I. fisheries management continues Feb. 8
URI Coastal Institute hosts second session at Bay Campus
KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 2, 2001 -- The Coastal Institute at the University
of Rhode Island will host the second in a series of public meetings on the
commercial fishing licensing system and fisheries management in Rhode Island
on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. in Corless Auditorium on the URI Bay Campus.
According to Coastal Institute Director Peter August, this meeting will
examine the status of coastal fishery resources and the regulatory landscape
for fishery management in the state.
The first half of the session will be led by Jeremy Collie, URI associate
professor of oceanography, and Mark Gibson, deputy chief of marine fisheries
at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. They will provide
information on how fish stocks are assessed, current trends in the abundance
of principal fish species in Narragansett Bay and near shore waters, and
fishing effort. Dennis Nixon, URI professor of marine affairs, and David
Borden, DEM assistant director of natural resources, will then give an overview
of the regulatory structure effecting commercial fishing, current management
practices, and the legal issues involved with the proposed options for revising
the state's commercial licensing procedures.
The information presented at this meeting will serve as a basis for continued
discussions on improvements in fisheries management programs in Rhode Island,
including options for changing the state's current commercial fishing license
The meeting is free and open to the public, and all interested parties
are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 874-6513 or visit
the Coastal Institute web site at www.ci.uri.edu/projects/rifish.
For Information: Peter August 874-4794, Todd McLeish 874-7892