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Md. DNR Holds Striped Bass Q&A

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Watermen across the state met with Department of Natural Resources officials in Annapolis on Tuesday to discuss new regulations that will change the striped bass fishing industry.

The meeting, which was in a question and answer format, addressed the new Independent Transferable Quota system going into effect next year.  The ITQ takes a 10-year history of each fishermen and assigns him or her a striped bass catch limit for next year.

DNR spokesman Michael Lusi said the system may sound confusing, but it actually can help people. 

"They don't have to worry that someone is going to catch their fish," he said. "If they are in the individual quota system they can wait until the market prices are what they need them to be, in order to maximize their economic benefit."

Some watermen still are not looking forward to the new program. 

"I kind of like it the old way," says Tom Oliver, a waterman from Madison. "But they're changing things, and I've either got to go with the flow or quit."

The new program will take effect at the beginning of next year. Luisi said the reason for the change was to be able to have a more accurate count of the number of striped bass caught.

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