TITLE 20
Fish and Wildlife

CHAPTER 20-1
General Provisions

SECTION 20-1-3


   § 20-1-3  Definitions. – (a) When used in this title, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings, unless the context indicates another meaning:

   (1) "Bushel" means a standard U.S. bushel, 2,150.4 cubic inches capacity;

   (2) "Hinge width" means the distance between the convex apex of the right shell and the convex apex of the left shell;

   (3) "Nonresident landowner" means a nonresident citizen of the United States and owner of real estate in Rhode Island as evidenced by deed filed in the Recorder of Deeds office in a Rhode Island town or city hall;

   (4) "Peck" means one fourth (1/4) of a bushel;

   (5) "Person" means an individual, corporation, partnership, or other legal entity;

   (6) "Possession" means the exercise of dominion or control over the resource commencing at the time at which a decision is made not to return the resource to the immediate vicinity from which it was taken. The decision must be made at the first practical opportunity. In the case of aquaculture crops, "possession" means the exercise of dominion or control over cultured crops commencing at the time which a decision is made not to return the crops to the lease or facility from which they were taken. The decision must be made at the first practical opportunity, taking into consideration the management practices set forth in the approved operational plan;

   (7) "Quart" means one thirty-second ( 1/32) of a bushel;

   (8) "Resident" means an individual who has had his or her actual place of residence and has lived in the state of Rhode Island for a continuous period of not less than six (6) months;

   (9) "Commercial fishing" means to take, harvest, hold, transport, load or off-load, marine species for sale or for intended sale;

   (10) "Land or landing" means to off-load seafood products, including, but not limited to, finfish, shellfish, and crustaceans, for sale or intended sale, or to secure a vessel with the seafood products on board to a shoreside facility where the products may be off-loaded for sale or intended sale.

   (b) When used in this title, the following common names shall mean the animals designated by the following scientific names:

   Alewife – Pomolobus or Alosa pseudoharengus

   Bay quahaug – Mercenaria mercenaria

   Bay scallop – Argopecten irradians

   Blue crab – Callinectes sapidus

   Blue mussel – Mytilus edulis

   Conch/channel whelk – Busycon canaliculatum

   Conch/nob whelk – Busycon carica

   Deer – Virginia white tail deer, Odocoileous virginianus

   Eel – Anguilla rostrata

   Green crabs – Carcinus maenas

   Jonah/northern crab – Cancer borealis

   Lobster – Homarus americanus

   Menhaden – Brevoortia tyrannus

   Ocean quahaug – Arctica islandica

   Oyster – Crassostrea virginica, Ostrea edulis

   Rock crab – Cancer irroratus

   Sea scallop – Placopecten magellanicus

   Smelt – Osmerus mordax

   Soft shell clam – Mya arenaria

   Striped bass – Morone saxatilis

   Surf clam or sea clam – Spisula solidissima.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1981, ch. 197, § 3; P.L. 1988, ch. 165, § 1; P.L. 1998, ch. 78, § 1; P.L. 2002, ch. 47, § 1.)