R.I. floun­der fish­ing closed for year

Woonsocket Call - - Region | Obituaries -

PROVIDENCE (AP) — The fed­eral gov­ern­ment is shut­ting down fish­ing of a pop­u­lar species of flat­fish in Rhode Is­land for the rest of the year.

The Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion says boats fish­ing un­der a fed­eral per­mit for sum­mer floun­der may no longer bring the fish to shore in Rhode Is­land. The shut­down went into ef­fect early Tues­day morn­ing and will last un­til the end of the year.

The agency says the state has also closed down com­mer­cial sum­mer floun­der fish­ing. It says the shut­down is tak­ing place be­cause Rhode Is­land fish­er­men have reached their an­nual quota.

Sum­mer floun­der are the source of an im­por­tant fish­ery for sev­eral states, in­clud­ing North Carolina, Vir­ginia, New Jer­sey and Mas­sachusetts. Fish­er­men caught nearly 8 mil­lion pounds of them on the East Coast last year.

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