Fishing changes up for comment


Virtually all of the fishing season lies ahead, but the Department of Natural Resources already is looking forward to next year, proposing changes in nontidal fishery regulations and seeking public input regarding the possible changes.

Among the specific changes under consideration are:

* Adding Greenbelt Lake (Prince George's County) and the main stem of the North Branch of the Potomac River from the upstream boundary of Potomac State Forest to bridge at Old Wilson Road (Garrett County) to the list of put-and-take trout waters.

* Adding New Germany Lake (Garrett), Melwood Pond (Prince George's), Lake Waterford (Anne Arundel), Cosca Lake (Prince George's) and Tucker Pond (Prince George's) to the list of put-and-take trout waters with closures. None had closures previously.

* Adding Farm Museum Pond (Carroll), Westminster Community Pond (Carroll), Cosca Lake, Tucker Pond and Myrtle Grove Lake (Charles) to the list of limited-harvest fishing areas.

Public meetings will be held to discuss these proposals and freshwater fisheries in general at 7 p.m. at the following locations:

* May 15 -- Natural Resources Police Office, Routes 209 and 404, Hillsboro, Queen Anne's County.

* May 16 -- Frostburg State University, Louis Ort Library, Frostburg, Allegany County.

lTC * May 17 -- Visitors Center, Cedarville Natural Resources Area, Cedarville, Prince George's County.

* May 23 -- Patapsco Valley State Park, Hollofield Headquarters, Ellicott City.

* May 25 -- Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Center, Bear Branch Center, John Owings Road off Route 97, n Carroll County.

'Tall Ships' adventure

The Tall Ships Foundation is looking for Americans to crew in the annual Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Races in Europe this July aboard the three-masted, 121-meter Dar Mlodziezy.

The Cutty Sark races usually have a fleet of about 100 ships. In all, approximately 3,000 crew members are recruited from around the world for the event. Applicants must be 21 or older and must write an essay of 250 words or less on why they feel they could benefit from the experience. Sailing experience is not necessary.

Applications along with a snapshot should be submitted to The Tall Ships Foundation, P.O. Box 110231, Stamford, Conn., 06911-0231, by April 30.

For more information, call (203) 462-5033.

Sailing notes

The four skippers who will sail as Team Brut in the upcoming match-racing series to be sponsored by Faberge are Gary Jobson of Annapolis, America's Cup veteran and television commentator; Peter Gilmour of Australia, Nippon sailing coach in the America's Cup and top-ranked match racer; Ed Baird of the U.S., sailing coach with Team New Zealand; Thierry Peponnet of France, who sailed with France during the challenger round robins of the America's Cup; and Chris Law of England, who sailed with Sydney '95 in the Cup challenger round robins. . . . Jim Brady of Annapolis, currently serving as navigator on Stars & Stripes in the America's Cup defender trials, will have the helm of No Problem in the Admiral's Cup regatta in Great Britain this summer.

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