Watermen Group Suing DNR - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Watermen Group Suing DNR

Posted:

Chestertown, Md.- Harvesters land and sea coalition, a recently created group of watermen and farmers, has filed a lawsuit against the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

In a press release, the group stated that recent regulations that cut the Menhaden quota were taken so that Maryland could receive a federal grant.

Captain Robert Newberry, the spokesperson for the group says the Chesapeake Bay should not be regulated the same way the Atlantic Ocean is.

"All we want to do is be able to continue our way of living, and catch our fish and make our living and feed our families.  Because you know, it's a good way of life, and that's the way we like it." said Newberry.

The Attorney General released a statement late Monday, stating that the regulations were in fact lawful.

"An order preventing enforcement of these regulations could result in a total moratorium on Maryland's menhaden fishery imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This would affect all commercial watermen who fish for menhaden as well as recreational and commercial anglers who use menhaden for bait.  The consequences of violating federal law and interstate compact are potentially grave and vastly outweigh the speculative harm alleged by the Plaintiffs. " said the Attorney General in the statement.

Newberry says the regulations aren't fair.

"600 million pounds went to Virginia.  Maryland got 5.3 million.  It's just not fair.  They should have said let's try to get some more for our fishery." said Newberry.

No court date has been announced yet.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Wife of Congressman Andy Harris Passes Away

    Wife of Congressman Andy Harris Passes Away

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-08-29 03:39:37 GMT
    The wife of U.S. Rep. Andy Harris passed away unexpectedly Thursday.More
    The wife of U.S. Rep. Andy Harris passed away unexpectedly Thursday.More
  • No Change of Venue in Scarborough Case

    No Change of Venue in Scarborough Case

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-08-29 03:19:33 GMT
    18-year-old Jocori Scarborough, accused of raping a 15-year-old female student inside a Wicomico County school, will not have his trial moved out of the county.  Scarborough's defense attorney made the motion for a change of venue Thursday in court, but the motion was denied.More
    18-year-old Jocori Scarborough, accused of raping a 15-year-old female student inside a Wicomico County school, will not have his trial moved out of the county.  Scarborough's defense attorney made the motion for a change of venue Thursday in court, but the motion was denied. More
  • Maryland Universities and Colleges Prepare for Campus Fire Safety Month

    Maryland Universities and Colleges Prepare for Campus Fire Safety Month

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-08-29 01:09:47 GMT
    As a new semester begins on college campuses throughout the state, State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci reminds students to take actions to protect themselves and their friends from the devastating effects of fire. The State of Maryland has deemed September as “Campus Fire Safety Month.”More
    As a new semester begins on college campuses throughout the state, State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci reminds students to take actions to protect themselves and their friends from the devastating effects of fire. The State of Maryland has deemed September as “Campus Fire Safety Month.”More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service