Rhode Island Bans Felt in Salt and Freshwater

Effective January 1, 2012, Rhode Island has banned the felt sole shoes in all of the state’s waters.  The new rule states: “It is prohibited that any person use foot gear with external felt soles in any state waters, inclusive of freshwater, tidal or marine.”  (Link provided by Clean Angling News)Rhode Island joins Maryland, Missouri, Vermont and Alaska in banning felt shoes and is the second state after Maryland to ban them in saltwater.


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  • RI Angler

    Maryland’s regulations cover salt, as well. Please check your facts- it took me about 8 seconds to find this!

    • RI Angler

      Thanks for updating 🙂

  • David

    This is a positive step in preventative maintenance. With a
    state such as RI being so small with a handful of pristine rivers we should not
    take any chances in invasive species destroying a small fishery. Kudos to the