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Menhaden catch limits upheld
Menhaden catch limits upheld

A judge in Cambridge has upheld Maryland's curbs on catching menhaden, rejecting claims by a pair of watermen that the restrictions were unconstitutional. Following a day-long hearing Wednesday in Dorchester Circuit Court, Judge David Mitchell, a retired Baltimore Circuit Court jurist, ruled in favor of the state's action last year to curtail the commercial catch of the unsavory but ecologically important fish. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, whose office represented the Department of Natural Resources, hailed the ruling as a "victory for the health of the Chesapeake Bay." Natural Resources Secretary Joseph P. Gill said the judge had confirmed his department's...