U.S. to impose ban on catching rockfish in federal waters

October 09, 1990

Beginning Nov. 1, it will be illegal to catch rockfish in federally controlled waters off the shores of Maryland and other coastal states, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced.

Now that a limited season on rockfish has opened in Maryland, the federal move should forestall any cheating by fishermen who land too many or undersized rockfish and are tempted to claim that the haul was caught in federal waters three or more miles offshore, said state biologist Harley Speir.

The effect will be minimal in Maryland, because few rockfish are found in federally regulated waters three to 200 miles offshore.

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