SportFishing and Charters Forum - What regs apply
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07-25-2007, 12:20 PM
I am fishing in the northeast and although I have asked this question before the answers I got made no sense, so If I am fishing in RI waters (ocean) and drive my boatback to Mass who's regulations apply? RI's or Ma's?
07-25-2007, 12:53 PM
Typically, states write their rules as "possession" rules. Consequently, while you're in RI, their rules apply, when you move to Mass, you have to obey their rules, too.
07-25-2007, 12:57 PM
Have you identified any regulations that may be contradictory? If not, don't worry about it. If so, an e-mail to the state's respective regulatory agency might net you a good response. Having a copy of the response onboard if you are ever checked could also be helpful.
07-25-2007, 12:59 PM
Yes the reg in question is for summer flounder (fluke) RI's season is longer than mass's also I fish in RI but dock in mass.
07-25-2007, 02:11 PM
State laws, regs and licensing requirements apply when you are inside that state's legal waters. If I fish in SC waters and dock my boat in Georgia, I need two fishing licenses if I am returning with fish in the box.
07-25-2007, 03:47 PM
Here is another example. We scallop in the legal area north of Pasco County. If I were to boat up from Pasco to the scalloping area. I would be in violation by bringing the scallops back down to Pasco county on the boat. If I trailer up and back then I am o.k. I understand the intent, but it's a bit of a pain. The local law applies to any area that you boat through while having the catch on board.
07-26-2007, 10:36 AM
As for the Mass/RI thing....watch out for the striper possession laws...they have really been nailing people lately on the federal waters stipulation. A bunch of charter trips got pinched for having stripers in federal waters and received pretty stiff fines for it. If you are steaming back to Mass, stay in the 3 mile coastal perimeter! Also watch out running back from Block