Give spawning rockfish a break [Letter]

May 16, 2014

I am 73 years old and have fished and hunted most of my life in and around the Chesapeake Bay.

My solution to the rockfish decline would be to do away with the trophy fish season ("Commission to consider gradual rockfish catch limits," May 13). Every spring, the fish come to the Chesapeake Bay to spawn. They have to run the gauntlet of thousands of charter fishing boats. The females are each carrying thousands of eggs that would be the next generation. Tens of thousands of these females are caught, and that next generation dies with them. If the trophy season were suspended for a few years, that would greatly improve the population of rockfish in the bay.

I am not a charter boat operator, but many of my friends are. When the rockfish moratorium was in effect, they made out, and they'll do it again. We can't just keep on taking the fish, oysters and crabs out of the Chesapeake Bay. We have to give them a rest once in a while.

A.O. Reds House

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