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Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 02/25/2011

More illegal rockfish nets found in Md.

By Associated Press

Maryland Natural Resources police say they've found another illegal rockfish net off Kent Island near the mouth of the Chester River.

Sgt. Art Windemuth says officers patrolling the area found the 400-yard-long net Wednesday morning with up to 400 pounds of striped bass, also known as rockfish. He says it appears that the net was set before the shutdown of the commercial rockfish gill net season.

The season was halted Feb. 4 after 10 tons of rockfish were confiscated from illegal nets, prompting concerns the state would exceed its monthly quota. Later, the state announced that the season would reopen for two days, Friday and Monday.

So far this month, Windemuth says police have found 8,425 yards of illegal net and more than 12 tons of rockfish.

By Associated Press  | February 25, 2011; 11:05 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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This is getting tiresome. If these theives are caught, nail them to the wall. They are corrupting the Bay, and stealing from the people of Maryland.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 25, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

If they want to catch who is responsible why not just place survelliance cameras in the areas the nets are being found in most regularly?

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | February 25, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

These locations are in the middle of open water. There is no place to put a surveillance camera. Even if you were to know exactly where someone was going to place a net (or empty a net that's already there), the operators can and probably do go there when there is little or no daylight.

Posted by: KCinDC3 | February 25, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm not buying anymore rockfish at market or restaurant. If more did this poachers would have no market for their stolen goods. Cameras wouldn't work, but satellite surveillance would. Far too expensive though and I'm sure Feds don't care.

Posted by: biketraveller22 | February 26, 2011 6:35 AM | Report abuse

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