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62 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 28- March 6, 1997 Fed0000ral weakfish limits could help Delaware OUTDOORS Trout stocking March 6 If it's March, it must be time to stock the trout. On Thursday, March 6, there will be 500 rainbow trout stocked in Gravel Hill Pond on Route 9 near Harbeson. Two weeks later, another 500 fish will go in the pond. The annual program has proven popular with Sussex fishermen. The fish average 11 inches in length (a trout stamp and fishing license are needed) and will take baits and small lures. This is strictly a put and take fishery, because the waters at Gravel Hill can't sustain the fish all year long. They are much too warm for that, but it's a good ear- ly season fishery for Sussex County anglers suffering from a bad case of spring fever. It's also the only chance to catch freshwater trout in Sussex County (the weakfish or sea trout is an entirely different fish which is only caught in saltwater). Delaware fishery officials have frequently been criticized for con- servation measures for weakfish while other states, especially North Carolina, did little to pro- tect the species (North Carolina eventually adopted a minimum size). Now the National Marine Fish- eries Service is talking, once again, about coastal restrictions to protect the species. The impact of the regulations, which include a 12-inch minimum size limit, probably won't have much impact on Delaware an- glers. That's because Delaware al- ready has minimum sizes, but the regulations should help protect the coastwide fishery. The local hearing will be Mon- day, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover. Delaware already has a 13-inch minimum for recreational (and a 12-inch minimum size for com- mercial fishing). Delaware fishery official Charles Lesser said the measure should help protect the fish from offshore fishing on the wintering grounds and said the measure could help Delaware's fishing. One measure to help con- serve the fish would be a restric- tion on fly nets south of Cape Hat- teras, N.C., an effort to limit com- mercial netting. He encourages people to attend the hearing. Rep. John Schroeder (D-Lewes) said that efforts are needed and suggested a temporary moratori- um similar to that for striped bass in the 1980s. "It's quite obvious there needs to be drastic measures taken," according to Schroeder, whose legislation established a bi- state weakfish commission with New Jersey several years ago to try to improve the stocks. More turkeys released Delaware released 31 more wiild turkeys on Feb. 20 in an effort to add genetic diversity to its already thriving flock. Birds were released TIDES Dat( 3/1 at Star Enterprises in New Castle as well as Kent and Sussex Coun- ty locations. Some of the wary birds, from South Carolina and Virginia, were released at the Nanticoke Wildlife Refuge near Laurel in Sussex. Turkeys were considered ex- tinct or nearly extinct until 1984 in Delaware. But the birds were re-introduced into Delaware, one 3/2 of their ancestral homes, and have since grown and thrived. The new birds were introduced to return the turkeys to Northern Delaware and to assist in mixing up the gene pool. "This is quite an event, bringing in so many birds at once," said Lloyd Alexander, wildlife manag- er for the Division of Fish and Wildlife. "This will probably be Delaware DNREC photo Delaware released 31 more turkeys on Feb. 20 to add some genetic diversity to its flock of 2,500 birds. Here, Ted Palmer (left) of Milton, and the National Wild Turkey Federation, and Delaware Wildlife Division Director Lloyd Alexander release a bird at Blackiston Wildlife Refuge in Kent County. rrlnled T- Shirls & Sporlswear Geoff Vernon is now in independent operation as Indian River Rehoboth Roosevelt Oak Inlet Beach Inlet Orchard 3/5 I 3/3 1-Z-1-53 1 s.3o 1 2:12 18:27 i 3:16 19:32 15:o31 -- I - 3/4 Artwork Logo Design a#rvlB# . Ogallfy Work Reasonable Prices 3/6 37 the last time we'll be doing this kind of release with turkeys be- cause they are showing a remark- able comeback and this addition will help secure their numbers in- to the future." The restoration effort is being paid for by grants from Star Enter- prises, the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Forever and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Available to good homes Delaware's Adopt-A-Wetland program will host three forums in March to try to get more people interested in adopting Delaware wetlands. In each case, the people who adopt look out for the area. That could mean picking up litter, look- ing for sources of pollutants, im- proving habitat and doing plant surveys concerned about wet- lands. The Sussex County forum will be on Wednesday, March 5 (7 to 8:30 p.m.) and will be held at the Abbotts Mill Nature Center out- side Milford. For information, please call 337-8847. I BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW SPORTS FANS! Brought to you by Kelly Raez Who was the TALLEST basketball player of all-time?...The record is held by Ali Nashnush who played for the Libyan National team...He was 8 feet tall--the tallest player in the history of the sport. 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