PROVIDENCE – Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Director Janet Coit and other partners, will visit Goddard Memorial State Park tomorrow as part of Governor's Bay Day festivities. During the visit, Raimondo will tour the popular, new boat ramp at the park and highlight the many recreational opportunities, including saltwater fishing, available at no cost to Rhode Islanders this Sunday.
When: Friday, July 28, 2017 | 10:30 a.m.
Where: Goddard Memorial State Park, Warwick (Boat Ramp)
Who: Governor Raimondo DEM Director Janet Coit John Torgan, Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy Jonathan Stone, Executive Director, Save The Bay Steve Medeiros, President, Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers' Association
Governor's Bay Day has been celebrated in Rhode Island since 1989, in the wake of the World Prodigy oil spill. It began as an effort to showcase the beauty and value of Narragansett Bay and to highlight the ongoing threats it faces. Today, Bay Day continues to honor this original intent. As part of this year's festivities, on Sunday, free parking will be offered at all state beaches, free bus service will be provided to South County beaches via Route 66, and fishing in the state's saltwaters will be allowed without a fishing license.
As part of a larger network of recreational opportunities in the state, fishing plays an important role in connecting people with nature, promoting health, attracting tourism, and supporting a treasured tradition for Rhode Island families. There are approximately 175,000 recreational anglers (age 16+) in Rhode Island. And recreational fishing contributes $216 million to the economy each year and supports more than 3,500 jobs.
Rhode Island's network of nearly 90 public boat ramps helps to make the Bay accessible to all Rhode Island boaters. Recently, DEM – in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Save The Bay – opened a new, fully-accessible ramp at Goddard Memorial State Park, which is a popular access point for west Narragansett Bay. The project, which involved creation of a living shoreline in the adjacent saltmarsh, will help improve the health of the Bay and strengthen climate resilience.
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