Commercial licenses available for quahogs, finfish
The state Department of Environmental Management announced that a limited number of new commercial fishing licenses will be made available this year. A total of 23 new quahog, 11 new soft-shell clam, and six new restricted finfish endorsements on commercial fishing licenses will be available for the 2013 fishing season.
The restricted finfish endorsements allow for the commercial harvest of summer flounder, scup, striped bass, black sea bass, tautog and winter flounder. Applications for the new endorsements must be filed with DEM by Thursday, Feb. 28. Residents can apply online at DEM.ri.gov.