Maryland gill net closure announced

Posted on February 04, 2011

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) just announced that the current commercial gill net season has been closed until the Department determines the extent of illegal nets and their impact on the remaining quota. The announcement follows the discovery of submerged nets near Bloody Point over the past several days that held more than 10 tons of striped bass. The announcement was made by DNR Deputy Secretary Joseph Gill at an Annapolis news conference this afternoon. 

"Today's announcement demonstrates that illegal fishing that steals the resource from all Marylanders will not be tolerated," said CCA Maryland Executive Director Tony Friedrich.