Poachers took tons of striped bass from the bay at the beginning of the month, forcing the closure of the gill net season.
Maryland Natural Resources officials say commercial striped bass gill netting will be allowed for the final two days of the season, which had been closed after the seizure of illegal nets and tons of poached rockfish.
Even though the striped bass season is closed to honest watermen, it hasn’t stopped poachers from laying illegal nets.
Maryland Natural Resources police say they’ve found two more illegal nets in the Chesapeake Bay, filled with nearly two tons of striped bass.
Investigators are widening their net, trying to hunt down whoever is illegally pulling tons of striped bass out of the bay.
Ten tons and counting. That’s the amount of poached striped bass seized by police in waters near the Bay Bridge. Investigators won’t specifically say how they’re finding these illegal hauls.
There has been another big poaching bust in the bay.
Maryland Natural Resources Police say a 23-year-old Tilghman man has been charged with poaching oysters.