Berlin DNR hearing to deal with drum

Recent stock assessments of red drum indicate high catch rates and low spawning success, and measures to control both will be the subject of a Maryland Department of Natural Resources public meeting Wednesday night in Berlin.

The meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at Stephen Decatur High School, also will deal with the status of the black drum.


It is unclear whether black drum are being overfished.

Copies of the draft management plan for black and red drum may be reviewed at Chesapeake Bay Program repository libraries. Locations may be determined by calling (410) 267-0061.


Written comment on the draft plan will be accepted until Dec. 16. Comments should be addressed to Pete Jensen, Fisheries Division, DNR, Tawes State Office Building, Annaplis, Md., 21401.

* Fishing license agreement

Maryland, Virginia and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission will sign an agreement on Thursday that will make the recreational fishing licenses issued for each jurisdiction legal in the others' waters.

* Pennsylvania's experimental season

Pennsylvania will hold an experimental late season for nuisance resident Canada geese along portions of the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers from Jan. 20 to Feb. 5.

The daily bag limit will be five, with a possession limit of 10.

An experimental season in September in the northwest and southeast portions of the state attracted 14,300 requests for special permits.

The state's resident population of Canada geese is estimated to be between 80,000 and 90,000 birds.


* Trout Unlimited banquet

The Maryland Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its annual national banquet Friday at the Holiday Inn in Timonium. Tickets are $50. There will be raffles, door prizes, open and silent auctions.

* Milburn Landing area closed

The Milburn Landing area of Pocomoke River State Park will be closed to camping until May 28 next year. In previous years, Milburn Landing had remained open until the end of deer firearms season.

While the area will be open to hunters this year, those wishing to camp in the general vicinity will have to use the Shad Landing Area of Pocomoke River State Park, which now has an area for campers with pets.

Milburn Landing has been closed to camping since mid-September.


* Waterfowl stamp design contest open

The annual contest to determine the design for the Maryland Migratory Waterfowl Stamp opened Nov. 6. It is open only to Maryland residents.

A $10 fee is required per entry, and rules and agreements for the contest may be obtained by writing to Waterfowl Stamp Contest, D-4, Public Communications Office, DNR, Tawes State Office Building, Annapolis, Md., 21401.

The contest closes March 5.