- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 26, 2006


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources on Friday withdrew its proposed regulation to reopen a commercial yellow perch fishery in the Choptank and Nanticoke rivers — and a recreational fishery in the Nanticoke — after receiving a massive outpouring of public opposition to its plan during a public comment period. In addition, the DNR said it will work with stakeholder groups to review its Maryland Yellow Perch Fishery Management Plan to determine the feasibility of incorporating management ideas expressed during the public process.

Consider this to be a major victory for sport fishing groups who vigorously opposed the DNR’s proposal to allow commercial netting of the yellow perch in the Choptank and Nanticoke rivers.

Gene Mueller

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