Posted Friday October 31, 2008
The Secretary of Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces clarifications for the spiny dogfish fishery that opened in Maryland waters Saturday, November 1, 2008. A Maryland commercial licensee without a federal spiny dogfish permit from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) may possess or land in Maryland up to 3000 pounds of spiny dogfish per day per vessel caught from Maryland waters (0 – 3 miles from shore). A Maryland commercial licensee with a federal spiny dogfish permit may temporarily relinquish the permit to NMFS in order to possess or land spiny dogfish caught from Maryland waters. Federal waters (EEZ, 3-200 miles from shore) are closed to spiny dogfish harvest. Daily landings from Maryland waters may be modified or the fishery closed if NMFS determines the spiny dogfish fishery quota is reached.