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Commercial Rockfish Season Back On

State Department of Natural Resources re-opens commercial season after shutting down the operation earlier after discovering a large poaching incident.

John Griffin, the secretary of the state Department of Natural Resources, announced the statewide re-opening of the 2011 striped bass commercial hook-and-line fishery, effective on Wednesday and Thursday.

The catch limit for the modified season will be 500 pounds per week per permit.

The hook-and-line fishery will remain open in October on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, with a catch limit of 500 pounds per week per permit.

Earlier this year, DNR Police confiscated more than 20,000 pounds of illegally caught striped bass, causing the

The department offered a reward of at least $6,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons responsible for setting the anchored gill nets in the vicinity of Bloody Point Light, Chesapeake Bay, Queen Anne's County on or about the week of Jan. 30 and being found by the Natural Resources Police on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 and 2, 2011.

Information on this crime may be called into the Natural Resources Police Catch-a-poacher Hotline at 800-635-6124. Callers may remain anonymous.

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