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Proposed Fishing Regulations for Two Fish in Delaware

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DOVER, Del.- The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is looking to adopt new regulations for fishing.

After the Commission took a look at fish stock, they discovered there was a problem with over-fishing of black drum and Atlantic menhaden. DNREC now has a proposal to regulate how many of these fish people can catch.

The fish is typically used as live bait. But the group is trying to stop the over fishing.

"We're trying to maintain sustainability of both of these resources," said Stewart Michels with DNREC. "We want to make sure that there is a continuous supply and that we don't go through a series of boom and bust in the fishery."

In the proposal DNREC has things like a three-fish limit for recreational black drum fishing. There will also be a 16-inch limit for both commercial and recreational use of the fish. There will be a 65,000 pound limit a year for commercial harvest there.

DNREC is also looking to require some new monitoring programs to keep track of fishing. The department held a public hearing Monday evening to go over the proposal.

For more information on the proposed regulations, visit DNREC at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/

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