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DNR news on rockfish, blue crabs and where to buy both

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ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources recently announced changes to the rockfish sportfishing season and a call for members to its blue crab advisory panel.

The changes affect the striped bass recreational and charter boat summer and fall fishery for the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries, including the Maryland tributaries of the Potomac River.

Anglers may keep one striped bass per person per day, the minimum size is 19 inches and a charter captain or mate may not land or possess a striped bass for personal consumption.

The summer and fall season is open through Aug. 15, and then again from Sept. 1 through Dec. 10.

The Department of Natural Resources is also seeking qualified applicants to fill the newly established Retail Crab Buyer seat on the Blue Crab Industry Advisory Committee.

The committee serves as an advisory body to the department on matters concerning the blue crab commercial fishing industry, including the structure of daily bushel limits and closures for mature female hard crabs, plus other issues of concern to the fishery that arise, and options for future management strategies as needed.

For those looking to consume seafood and produce, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources recently put together an interactive map to help residents buy local.

The map will help better connect Marylanders with local agricultural and seafood producers. Each business has included information on product availability, how to order, and options for pick-up and/or delivery.

The map also includes farmers markets.

For more information on the rockfish changes, go to https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MDDNR/bulletins/28b63b3.

For more information or to download an application on the blue crab advisory committee, go to https://dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/blue-crab/index.aspx.

For more information on the seafood and produce maps, go to maryland.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.

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