Block Island Times

DEM accepting online renewals of fishing licenses for 2021

The following release was shared to The Block Island Times from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management on Wednesday, Nov. 25:
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is now accepting online renewal applications from holders of commercial marine licenses, recreational lobster pot and diver licenses, and licensed marine dealers for the 2021 license year.  Last week, DEM mailed approximately 4,000 marine license renewal applications to current license holders.  
Walk-in service at DEM’s Office of Boat Registration and Licensing has been paused due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and DEM encourages fishers to renew licenses early.
Applicants may renew their licenses online at or by mail to the Office of Boat Registration and Licensing, 235 Promenade Street,  Providence, RI 02908.
A limited number of new commercial fishing licenses for the harvest of shellfish will be available by application from January 1 – February 28, 2021 for Rhode Island residents. Any resident aged 65 or older as of February 28, 2021, may obtain a 65 and Over Shellfish License, and any resident who is a full-time

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