2020 Sustainable Fishing Contest

This year’s Annual Sustainable Fishing Contest will be a little different due to COVID restrictions, but we’ve got a great virtual event planned in its place! Check out the information below for all the details:

You’ll have an entire week to fish! The fishing contest will officially start on Sunday, August 9th at 11am and end on Sunday, August 16th at 1pm (the traditional day of the contest).

Fish anywhere from the shoreline or T-wharf dock on Prudence Island (submissions from boat fishing are not allowed); to submit an entry (no limit on how many) into the contest, you must submit a photo showing the fish and its length, to ensure all state regulations are being followed. Each photo entry must also have a time/date stamp on it and have been caught during the official contest timeframe. Also include the name of the fisherman/fisherwoman, the location, and the species. All photo entries must be received by 2pm on Sunday, August 16th and should be emailed to Maureen Dewire at Maureen.dewire@dem.ri.gov.

As usual, we will award the Prudence Island Scupmaster prize to the person who catches the most Scup of legal size (9” & max of 30/person/day). In addition, we will be awarding trophies in the following categories: Biggest Fish; Greatest Diversity of Fish Species; Most Unusual/Unique; Most Fish Caught in a Single Day; Best Overall Photo; Best T-shirt Design.

We will not be providing t-shirts this year, but we are encouraging anyone to design their own t-shirt and show it off in your photos. Think tie-dye, puffy paint, sparkles…anything goes! One of the six sought-after trophies will be awarded to the best t-shirt design, so be sure to submit a photo of your t-shirt to Maureen.dewire@dem.ri.gov with the artists’ name for consideration.

The NBNERR staff will hold a Facebook live event on Sunday, August 16th at 3pm to announce the winners. Winners will also be notified via email and schedule a time to pick up their trophy. 

Please remember to follow all State of RI rules and regulations regarding catch and size limits and to have a current fishing license.

Fish on!