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MARYLAND RESIDENTS: please contact your state senator to request their support of SB 143, and your three delegates to request their support of HB 213. (Both bills are entitled Cownose Ray Fishery Management Plan and Moratorium on Contests.) You can find your legislators here. We are hopeful that the Management Plan will result in a permanent ban on these contests.
In 2017, Governor Hogan signed the cownose ray bill into law. The law called on the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to develop a management plan for the rays by the end of 2018, and put a moratorium on fishing contests for cownose rays until July 1, 2019. Unfortunately, the state didn’t meet the deadline, so new legislation has been introduced to extend the moratorium until a plan is in place.
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