Fish survey yields promising results

July 30, 1995|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Each year since 1954, the Department of Natural Resources has performed a survey of juvenile fin fish in the state's tidal rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, and the first round of the survey this year has produced encouraging results.

The young of the year index for rockfish after one round is 14.5, well above the long-term average of 9.5.

The index is an average count of young of the year taken in each haul of a 100-foot net at 22 locations around the tidewater area.

Yellow perch counted also indicated good spawning success.

American shad were counted in the Patuxent River for the first time in the history of the survey. DNR said the shad count was "excellent" and shows the results of a stocking program started to reintroduce the fish to the mid-Maryland river system.

The final two rounds of the survey will be conducted early next month and in September.

Shooting ranges

DNR is accepting applications for grants to further the use and improvement of shooting ranges open to the public in Maryland. Grant money available will not exceed $3,000 per project.

"In addition to public access, the grants will further the goal of the Hunter Safety Program, which is to improve hunter proficiency," said Wildlife Division director Joshua L. Sandt.

Grant money, generated by the sale of hunting licenses, may be used for any work that will result in increased public access. For information, call (410) 974-3195.

Sorry, Charlie

Winners of the recent Ocean City Tuna Tournament were listed incorrectly in The Sun. The winner of the award for largest fish in the tournament was Salty Dog III (Capt. Rich Egerton). The winner of the most pounds caught award was Reel Time (Capt. Steve Spindler).

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