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08.02.03.00.htm 08.02.03.00. Title 08 DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES Subtitle 02 FISHERIES SERVICE Chapter 03 Crabs Authority: Natural Resources Article, §4-206, 4-215, 4-701, 4-745, 4-803, 4-804, 4-809, and 4-810, Annotated Code of Maryland
08.02.03.01.htm 08.02.03.01. 01 Crabbing Gear.. A. Lawful Gear.. 1) A person may catch crabs in the tidal waters of Maryland only with the gear authorized in this chapter.2) Diving Apparatus. A person may not possess or catch crabs in the tidal waters of Maryland using diving apparatus by itself, or in conjunction with any of the other methods authorized in this chapter.3) Gear designated to catch crabs and defined in this chapter, except for a seine, is not considered a net under the definiti
08.02.03.02.htm 08.02.03.02. 02 Seines.. A. A seine may be used for recreational purposes only.. B. The seine may not be emptied:. 1) On the shore or beach; or. 2) In any water of less than sufficient depth to enable the unwanted fish to return to the waters alive.
08.02.03.03.htm 08.02.03.03. 03 Trotlines.. A. An individual may not set or fish a trotline within 100 feet of another individual’s set trotline, collapsible crab trap, or net ring.B. The length of a trotline is measured along the bait line.. C. In the coastal bays of the Atlantic Ocean and their tidal tributaries:. 1) An individual may not use or possess on board a vessel a trotline or trotlines with a baited portion more than 600 feet in length to catch or attempt to catch crabs for recreational purposes; or
08.02.03.04.htm 08.02.03.04. 04 Crab Scrapes.. A. A crab scrape may not:. 1) Have a bar wider than 60 inches;. 2) Have teeth or projections of any kind;. 3) Have a flat plate attached to the scraping bar, which is the bar that touches the bottom;. 4) Have a diver, chain, or other device attached to it or the taking line to hold the scrape to the bottom; and5) Exceed 80 pounds in weight, including the bag.. B. Number of Scrapes Permitted..
08.02.03.05.htm 08.02.03.05. 05 Bank Traps and Channel Pounds.. A. A bank trap and channel pound shall meet the following structural requirements:. 1) A row of hedging attached to any bank trap or channel pound may not exceed more than 1/3 the distance across the body of water in which the bank trap or channel pound is placed;2) To permit trapped air-breathing animals to survive, each bank trap and channel pound shall be constructed and placed in the water to provide an airspace safety chamber in t
08.02.03.06.htm 08.02.03.06. 06 Collapsible Crab Traps and Crab Net Rings.. A. An individual may not set or fish a crab net ring or collapsible crab trap within 100 feet of another individual’s set trotline, collapsible crab trap, or net ring.B. In the coastal bays of the Atlantic Ocean and their tidal tributaries:. 1) An individual may not catch or attempt to catch crabs for recreational purposes with any combination of more than ten collapsible traps and net rings; or2) If two or more individ
08.02.03.07.htm 08.02.03.07. 07 Crab Pots.. A. "Cull ring" means a device in a crab pot, for the escapement of undersized crabs, described as a:. 1) Ring with an opening of the established measurement for the inside diameter; or. 2) Square opening cut from the crab pot measuring at least 4-1/2 inches by 4-1/2 inches and covered by a panel of 2-inch by 2-inch mesh so that there are at least four complete 2-inch by 2-inch square meshes.B. A crab pot shall meet the following structural requirements:.
08.02.03.08.htm 08.02.03.08. 08 Egg-Bearing Female Crabs.. A. Except as provided in §B of this regulation, a person may not possess, transport, or pack a female crab from which the egg pouch or bunion has been removed, or an egg-bearing female crab known as the sponge crab.B. A female crab from which the egg pouch or bunion has been removed, or an egg-bearing female crab known as the sponge crab may be imported into Maryland from another state by a dealer or crab processing plant:
08.02.03.09.htm 08.02.03.09. 09 Recreational Crabbing Licenses ― Chesapeake Bay and Its Tidal Tributaries.. A. Recreational Crabbing License.. 1) Except as provided in §E of this regulation, an individual who catches or attempts to catch crabs for recreational purposes in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries shall pay the fee and obtain a recreational crabbing license in order to use the following gear to catch crabs:a) Trotline;. b) Collapsible traps or net rings;.
08.02.03.10.htm 08.02.03.10. 10 Recreational Crabbing Catch and Possession Limits ― Chesapeake Bay and its Tidal Tributaries.. A. Daily Catch and Possession Limits.. 1) An individual exempt from the licensing requirements of Regulation .09 of this chapter is considered an unlicensed individual and may not exceed the catch and possession limits for an unlicensed individual.2) Daily catch and possession limits for individuals harvesting crabs from shore or from crab pots.. a) Unlicensed individual.
08.02.03.11.htm 08.02.03.11. 11 Season and Time for Catching Crabs.. A. Commercial.. 1) An individual licensed to catch crabs for sale may remove crabs from commercial gear in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries only during the following time periods:a) Trotlines:. i) Except as provided in §A(1)a)iii) of this regulation, between 1 hour before sunrise to 9 hours after sunrise during the period May through September;
08.02.03.12.htm 08.02.03.12. 12 Special Regulations for Crabbing in Worcester County.. A. Structural Requirements of Crab Pots. Notwithstanding Regulation .07A and B of this chapter, a crab pot set in the coastal bays of the Atlantic Ocean and their tidal tributaries shall have one unobstructed 2-5/16 inch cull ring on a side panel of the upper compartment and one 2-5/16 inch cull ring on a panel at the lower compartment of the crab pot. The cull ring is not required in a crab pot constructed with unstretch
08.02.03.13.htm 08.02.03.13. 13 Commercial Harvest of Crabs from Finfish Gear.. A. Notwithstanding Regulations .01―07 of this chapter, an individual licensed to harvest both crabs and finfish for commercial purposes may catch crabs from pound nets.B. The harvest and possession of crabs from a pound net is:. 1) Prohibited on any day during which a licensee is otherwise prohibited from harvesting crabs as provided in Regulation .14 of this chapter;
08.02.03.14.htm 08.02.03.14. 14 General Prohibitions.. A. Recreational.. 1) Except for crab pots from private property, dipnets, or handlines, a person may not set any crabbing gear or catch crabs for recreational purposes on Wednesdays in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries.2) When a State or federal holiday falls on a Wednesday or Thursday, recreational crabbing is permitted on the Wednesday of t3) An individual may not offer to sell or sell crabs that were caught for recreational purposes..
08.02.03.15.htm 08.02.03.15. 15 Crabbing Charters.. A. This regulation applies to any trip to catch crabs offered by a tidal fish licensee to an individual or individuals for any form of compensation.B. Any individual receiving compensation from customers for any trip to catch crabs shall be in possession of the appropriate federal licenses.C. An individual who, in accordance with Natural Resources Article, §4-701, Annotated Code of Maryland, is licensed as a fishing guide, is licensed as
08.02.03.9999.htm 08.02.03.9999. Administrative History Effective date: March 24, 1975 (2:8 Md. R. 555). Regulation .01B amended effective March 30, 1977 (4:7 Md. R. 578) May 23, 1983 (10:10 Md. R. 872) December 30, 1985 (12:26 Md. R. 2543) December 4, 1995 (22:24 Md. R. 1894)Regulation .01B amended as an emergency provision effective April 4, 1985 (12:9 Md. R. 806) emergency status expired June 29, 1985Regulation .01B amended as an emergency provision effective September 15, 1995 (22:20 Md. R. 1538) e
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