Md. Lawmakers To Get Striped Bass Rule Changes


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources plans to present changes to striped bass netting regulations this week to state lawmakers.


The changes were prompted by the discovery last winter of tons of illegally netted striped bass, also known as rockfish.


DNR has been accepting public comment on the proposed changes, including requiring license numbers on nets and requiring license holders to report when they plan to fish. Some have told DNR officials it can be difficult to check in by cell phone because of spotty coverage on the bay. DNR says it is working to give watermen a number of check-in options.


The agency will give its proposal Wednesday to lawmakers.


Department officials hope to have new regulations in effect when the gill net season opens Dec. 1.


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

  • William Smith

    The netting season for the entire bay should be suspended until the culprits that set the illegal nets are captured, or two years have past allowing the rockfish to recover. I can not believe that there are not honest waterman that know who perpetrated this travesty. However, they are unwilling to break code of silence. If it has the potential to affect their livelihoods maybe they will do the right thing.

    • 1984

      The catch did not exceed the quota, so what is the big uproar about? Quit letting the Sunpaper and WJZ think for you, they are only trying to help cover the very illegal tactics of NRP and garner public support for them. Sneaking aboard boats in the middle of the night (24 boats) by NRP “officers” and drilling holes to mount secret tracking devices is a violation of rights. AND THEY STILL STRUCK OUT!!!

      You know nothing of how fishermen live and work except from biased media sources.

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