New Maryland Commercial Striped Bass Regulations

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Service recently announced that the agency is making a significant management change to the commercial Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass fishery.

According to MD DNR, the system will comply with new Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission requirements. Regulatory changes are the result of extensive meetings with the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission’s Striped Bass Industry Workgroup over the past 18 months.

The proposed change is the allocation of individual quotas to fishing permit holders based on their Striped Bass catch histories from January 1, 2001 through February 29, 2012. New regulations will impact Striped Bass permit holders fishing in 2014.

DNR has set a cutoff (control date) of May 10, 2013 as the date when a waterman with a record of catching Striped Bass must possess a commercial Striped Bass permit in order to be eligible for a 2014 allocation.

Fishermen with any questions may contact Mike Luisi at 410-260-8341 or mluisi@dnr.state.md.us, or Janelle Mueller at 410-260-8270 or jmueller@dnr.state.md.us.

source: MD DNR

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