CHESTERTOWN — The Kent County Commissioners sent a letter to Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources Joseph Gill requesting a rollback of a proposed 20.5 percent reduction in the bag limit for commercial rockfish.

Commission President Ron Fithian read the letter at the Wednesday, Nov. 12 commissioners meeting. A former waterman, Fithian described the proposed reduction of the bag limit as a direct attack on commercial fishing.

The letter said the reduction of the limit "was done without any official notification or discussion with the elected officials of the counties whose economy will be directly affected."

The letter continued, "To take 20.5 percent of the very small fraction that is left can only be seen as a clear, intentional effort to do away with commercial fishing all together."

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