ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources says illegal netting of striped bass this past winter is prompting changes in regulations.

The department is accepting comments on proposed changes through Aug. 10. Possible changes include requiring license numbers to be placed on nets and requiring license holders to tell state officials when they plan to fish.

DNR says it will use comments to develop new regulations that will be submitted to the state legislature on Aug. 17. The department says it hopes to have the new regulations in effect when the gill net season opens Dec. 1.

The commercial rockfish gill net season was shut down temporarily in February after 10 tons of rockfish were confiscated from illegal nets.

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