NARRAGANSETT– According to Department of Environmental Management marine biologists, Atlantic herring have arrived in RI state waters this December, as expected. Commercial fishing for herring has been traditionally pursued by local vessels. However, this fishery is also being targeted opportunistically by mid-water pair trawl vessels from other states, particularly when northern herring management areas are closed once allowable quotas have been harvested.
The home states of these trawlers may have enacted quotas making waters off-limits to commercial fishing. Out of state fishing trawlers may not have the proper licensing to fish in Rhode Island waters, but it only takes on license fisherman aboard to fulfill the necessary requirements. Trawlers can pay a licenses fisherman to board their ship and are then legally able to fish.
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