New limits designed to protect sea trout

October 23, 1994|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Last week, the Department of Natural Resources placed in effect emergency regulations to reduce the take of sea trout and spotted sea trout by 25 percent in both the recreational and commercial fisheries.

The regulations, mandated by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, change the minimum size for both fish from 12 to 14 inches for recreational fishermen and maintain a creel limit of 10 per day.

Commercial fishermen will still abide by a 12-inch minimum size but will have their season limited to 44 days (Oct. 1-Nov. 23) and can set nets only on weekdays.

The ASMFC, saying that sea trout and spotted sea trout populations are being overfished, has asked all Atlantic states to reduce their take of the species by 25 percent.

Sea duck season

This week should be the peak in the migration of scoters into the Chesapeake Bay, which bodes well for sea duck hunters. Good areas for hunting are the mouth of the Chester River, Eastern Bay, Sharps Island, James Island, Holland Point and the lower Potomac River.

In the sea duck zone, hunters must hunt from an anchored boat 800 or more yards offshore and the boat must be licensed as a gunning rig.

A new area has been added for sea duck hunting this year in the Choptank River west of Chlora Point.

The sea duck season opened Oct. 6 and runs through Jan. 20.

IACC world championships

On Thursday, seven boats from four countries will open the International America's Cup Class world championships off San Diego, and Annapolis sailor and television commentator Gary Jobson picks a Japanese team to win the event.

"They have been in San Diego training longer and harder than any other team, and they have a new boat," said Jobson, sailing analyst for ESPN. "That should do it."

But while Jobson picks the Japanese to win what amounts to spring training for the America's Cup trials that begin in January, he doesn't think the team will be the challenger for the Cup itself next May. Instead, Jobson thinks New Zealand's Chris Dickson, with an IAAC boat designed by Bruce Farr of Annapolis, will eliminate the other challengers.

Jobson said that PACT 95's Young America and skipper Kevin Mahaney will be the defender to sail against Dickson -- and that PACT 95 will win.

The world championships will run through Nov. 5. In addition to three American boats -- America3 The Women's Team, PACT 95 and Team Dennis Conner -- boats from Japan, Australia and France are entered.

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