New Maryland director of fisheries named

David Blazer, deputy director of harbor development for the Maryland Port Administration, takes over Sept. 21 as director of fisheries, DNR announced Wednesday.The announcement comes more than three months after the firing of Tom O’Connell, a veteran DNR employee who had been fisheries director since 2008. Hogan administration officials offered no explanation at the time for the removal of O’Connell and three other top DNR officials. While conservationists and even some commercial watermen had urged the Hogan administration to retain O’Connell, the head of the Maryland Watermen’s Association, Robert T. Brown Sr., had pressed for changes, reflecting watermen’s unhappiness with O’Malley administration fisheries policies. Read the rest here 09:41

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