Computers have been at work in the fields of boating and fishing for several years -- most notably in navigation, weather forecasting and fish-finding -- and now multiple-access electronic communication is entering the scene, as well.
Recently, Martin L. Gary, a fisheries biologist who compiles an excellent weekly fishing report for Maryland's tidal and nontidal waters, arranged to receive reports from fishermen through e-mail (mgrykex.netcom.com).
"The information generated by even a small number of contributors will greatly improve the accuracy of the report, which is subject to rapid change," said Gary.
He hopes within the next year or two to have enough supplemental contributors to provide a state-of-the-art fishing report that can be updated quickly and accessed on the Internet via the World Wide Web.
Earlier this summer, the Chesapeake Bay Trust established a site on the Internet to provide information about its grant programs. The World Wide Web address is: http://www2.ari.net/home/cbt/
Soundings, one of the largest monthly boating publications in the United States, has put its complete used boat listings on the Internet, including more than 10,500 sailboats and powerboats and the listings of about 140 yacht brokers. The WWW address is: http://www.gsn.com/datanet.htm
The Fly Fishing Shop, a specialty retailer in Welches, Ore., has set up a complete shopping service for World Wide Web users going after trout, steelhead, bass, bonefish, tarpon and other fresh and saltwater game fish. The computer address is: http://www.teleport.com/flyfish
And the International Game Fish Association has acquired a grant for a computer for an information system called FishBase, which would allow access to virtually all aspects of information about freshwater and saltwater species in the world. Details for computer access are in the works.
After two years, a group of Southern Maryland men have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to violate or violation of the Lacey Act, which protects black bass.
The four men, who shipped some 40,000 pounds of wild black bass from Maryland to cities in the United States and Canada under an aquaculture front, will be sentenced in proceedings starting Nov. 20.
Dennis Woodruff, Alfred Grinder and Walter Maddox each face fines of up to $250,000 and prison terms of up to five years. Robert T. Brown Jr., who pleaded guilty only to violation of the Lacey Act, faces a maximum fine of $100,000 and up to one year in jail.
According to state and federal agencies that investigated the illegal operation on the tidal Potomac River, wild bass were caught and shipped to market under an aquaculture permit Woodruff held to raise and sell bass.
However, a number of wild bass shipped were found to have been tagged during a Department of Natural Resources study of bass in the Potomac River in the early 1990s.
Elk Neck hunting
Managed hunting seasons for whitetail deer will be held at Elk Neck State Park for bow, shotgun and muzzleloader hunters, and a junior hunters day will be held Nov. 18.
Bowhunters may apply for permits on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Thirty hunters per day will be bTC allowed through Oct. 18, from Oct. 23 to Nov. 17, Nov. 20-24, Dec. 11-Dec. 22 and Jan. 8-31. A season permit will cost $50.
The early muzzleloader season, Oct. 19-21, is for antlerless deer only and will be limited to 20 hunters per day on two tracts. Permit registration begins Oct. 14 at 8 a.m. and ends at noon.
Starting Oct. 16, permits may be obtained on a walk-in basis during working hours. Cost will be $5 per permit.
On junior hunters day, 25 hunters will be allowed and those will be chosen by lottery on Nov. 11. Applications for the lottery are available at park headquarters.
Shotgun season, running Nov. 25-Dec. 9, will be for antlered or antlerless deer, with a total of 25 hunters per day allowed on the two tracts. Registration for permits begins Nov. 11 at 8 a.m. at park headquarters. Beginning Nov. 13, permits will be available on a walk-in basis for $5.
For information, call park headquarters at (410) 287-5333.