National Fisherman


ANNAPOLIS — In a March 26 floor debate over Senate Bill 929, state Sen. Stephen S. Hershey Jr. took on colleagues from Montgomery, Baltimore and Prince George’s counties, according to a news release.
 
The bill gives commercial fishing and seafood operators the same kind of nuisance lawsuit exemption farmers and agricultural businesses have.
 
Hershey, R-36-Upper Shore, reportedly defended the rights of commercial watermen.
 
“Our commercial seafood operations need the same protections as our farms. If a local business abides by proper zoning and adheres to health department guidelines, they shouldn’t be hassled with nuisance claims,” Hershey said.
 
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