NARRAGANSETTâCommercial fishing is arguably the most important economy driver in Rhode Island. Point Judith is the third largest fishing community in New England based on total catch values. It is clear, however, that fishermen are struggling in the most recent economic downturn.
âWhat is unique about Rhode Island is that every county is a coastal community,â said John Scotti, Senior Fisheries Specialist at Cornell. âNo other state is like that. Every county in Rhode Island is affected by the commercial fishing industry.â