Focus on southern New England recreational fishing
Industry representatives are set to meet federal and state regulators during the inaugural Southern New England Recreational Fishing Symposium set for Tuesday in Warwick, R.I.
Organizers say the initiative will seek to characterize the economic impact of recreational fishing and its potential.
Participants will also discuss the future of recreational fishing, challenges of managing the industry and access to the shore.
The event is hosted by the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Foundation, the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Northeast Regional Ocean Council.
Recreational fishing accounted for about $4.9 billion in expenditure in the northeast United States in 2011.