Here's some things readers of The Sun should know about commercial fishing ("Rockfish poaching: It's more than just a few fish," Feb. 24). It is against the law to use gill nets in seven states: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and Florida. It is also against the law to catch or sell striped bass in New Hampshire, Maine and New Jersey. It is against the law to use anchored gill nets in Maryland. If you fail to obey the law you should be fined or imprisoned.
Fish, crabs, oysters and other creatures of the Chesapeake Bay are natural resources and belong to and can be harvested by all citizens. And if anyone breaks the law, he should pay the consequences.
Legal gill net fishing starts in December and ends at the end of February. Due to extreme cold and much ice in the bay, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources can extend the season in March to help the watermen to achieve their quotas. The facts in this report came from the DNR.
William G. Huppert, Perry Hall