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OUTDOORS

February 18, 1993

HATCHERY DONATION

The Maryland Charter Boat Association has donated a new hatchery tank trailer for use by the Department of Natural

Resources Tidewater Administration.

The trailer will accommodate both circular and rectangular tanks, which will be used to transport striped bass fingerlings and brood stock to natal waters and stocking sites.

tight budgetary times, when expenses such as vehicles are being cut, the presentation of a new hatchery tank trailer from the Charter Boat Association comes as a welcome addition to the fisheries stocking program," DNR Secretary Torrey C. Brown said earlier this week.

The addition of the tank trailer will enable the hatchery program to expand its stocking program, which already accounts for more than 10 percent of the striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

STOCKING SCHEDULES

The DNR has released its schedule for 1993 spring trout stockings in the state and it should be available at tackle stores or regional DNR service centers.

Plans this year call for the stocking of more than 300,000 trout during February, March and April. According to the DNR, trout to be stocked this year are somewhat larger than in previous years.

If you need a copy of the stocking schedule, call the Freshwater Fisheries Division at (410) 974-3061 or your regional DNR service center.

COLUMBUS CUP CHANGES

The Columbus Cup, which in past years had been a match-racing regatta, will switch to a team racing format for this year's event from Oct. 11-16 on the Inner Harbor.

Four three-boat teams will sail a round-robin series rotating through six Beneteau First 310 sailboats. This year, teams will come from the United States and Europe and Pacific Rim countries.

Also, the Santa Maria Cup, a match-racing regatta for women, will be held on the Inner Harbor from May 20-23. Earlier, cup organizers had said they planned to hold the race series in Annapolis.

CALENDAR

Today: Meeting of the Potomac-Patuxent Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Glenallan Elementary School, Wheaton, 7:30 p.m. Speaker will be Capt. Brady Bounds on fly fishing the western Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The public is welcome.

Today: Registration for 13-lesson boating skills and seamanship course taught by Magothy River Flotilla 18 of the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 6:30 p.m. at Magothy River Middle School auditorium in Arnold. Classes will be held Monday and Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tomorrow-Sunday, Feb. 26-28: Maryland Recreational Vehicle Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Comprehensive show displaying newest and most RVs and associated products in the Mid-Atlantic region. Show opens at noon each day. Admission is $6 for adults, with children under 12 admitted free.

Saturday: Pasadena Sportfishing fishing and boating flea market the Orchard Beach fire hall on Solley Road, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (410) 255-5863.

Saturday: MCM hike to monuments in the mall area of Washington, D.C.

Sunday: Delaware State Chapter of Trout Unlimited annual fishing show at the Tatnall School, 1501 Barley Mill Road, Wilmington, Del. Admission is $5 for adults. Children under 16 admitted free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: Mountain Club of Maryland hike in the Pen Mar North section of the Appalachian Trail.

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