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    Warwick, R.I.

    Recreational fishing group to meet with regulators

    Representatives of the recreational fishing industry are stepping up efforts to highlight the importance of the industry in southern New England economy. Industry representatives are set to meet federal and state regulators during the inaugural Southern New England Recreational Fishing Symposium set for Tuesday here. 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. (AP)