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Police Find More Illegal Rockfish Nets

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Natural Resources police say they’ve found more illegal rockfish nets in the Chesapeake Bay.

Natural Resources Police say officers recovered another 1,500 yards of illegal fishing net containing 300 pounds of striped bass Wednesday night near Kent Island.

The seizure marks the eighth in three weeks. Natural Resources Police say 12.6 tons of poached striped bass, also known as rockfish, have been recovered.

The Department of Natural Resources, meanwhile, is expected to decide on Friday whether to reopen commercial gill net fishing for the final two days of the season next week. The season was closed Feb. 4 after 10 tons of rockfish were confiscated from illegal nets, prompting concerns the state would exceed its monthly quota.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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