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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 02/10/2011

Md. officials seize more illegal fish

By Associated Press

Maryland wildlife officials say they have confiscated another 1,100 pounds of striped bass -- also known as rockfish -- from illegal gill nets found in the Chesapeake Bay.

Last week, Natural Resources police pulled more than 10 tons of striped bass from four gill nets near Bloody Point Light, south of Kent Island.

Monday's seizure involves 1,159 pounds from 1,200 yards of illegally anchored gill net at the mouth of Eastern Bay, a mile south of where the Bloody Point gill nets were found. Officers also found 600 yards of illegally anchored gill net near Poplar Island that contained about 300 dead horseshoe crabs and a few live striped bass, which were released.

State officials shut down Maryland's striped bass gill net season for February following last week's seizure.

By Associated Press  | February 10, 2011; 10:32 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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