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08.02.05.00.htm 08.02.05.00. Title 08 DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES Subtitle 02 FISHERIES SERVICE Chapter 05 Fish Authority: Natural Resources Article, §4-2A-03, 4-215, 4-219, 4-221, 4-710, 4-713, and 4-736, Annotated Code of Maryland
08.02.05.01.htm 08.02.05.01. 01 Methods of Fishing in Tidal Waters - Repealed.
08.02.05.02.htm 08.02.05.02. 02 General Fishing Prohibitions.. A. Except as provided in §B of this regulation, a person may not set or fish gill nets, including but not limited to anchor gill nets, staked gill nets, and drift gill nets, in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries.B. A person may set and fish:. 1) During the period between March 16 through December 31, attended drift gill nets with a stretched mesh size of 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches;2) During the period between January 1 through Mar
08.02.05.03.htm 08.02.05.03. 03 Spot.. A. Definitions.. 1) In this regulation, the following term has the meaning indicated.. 2) Term Defined. “Fishing party” means the combined total number of people on a guided fishing trip consisting of the licensed guide, the individuals under the guidance of the fishing guide, and their vessels.B. Recreational Fishery. Except as provided in §C and D of this regulation, an individual may not catch or possess more than 50 spot per person per day.
08.02.05.04.htm 08.02.05.04. 04 Legal Size of White Perch.. In the waters of the State, a person may not catch, sell, offer to buy or sell, expose for sale, or possess white perch less than 8 inches, if caught other than by hook or line.
08.02.05.05.htm 08.02.05.05. 05 American Shad.. A. Prohibition of Catching, Possession, or Sale of American Shad; Exceptions.. 1) A person may not catch, offer for sale, purchase, or possess any American shad or any parts of American shad, including roe, caught in Maryland waters except as permitted here.2) Exceptions.. a) A person may catch American shad in cooperation with a scientific investigation of the Department and cooperating persons having a valid scientific collecting permit, inclu
08.02.05.06.htm 08.02.05.06. 06 Hickory Shad.. A. Prohibition of Catching, Possession, or Sale of Hickory Shad; Exceptions.. 1) A person may not catch, offer for sale, purchase, or possess any hickory shad or any parts of hickory shad, including roe, caught in Maryland waters except as permitted here.2) Exceptions.. a) A person may catch hickory shad in cooperation with a scientific investigation of the Department.. b) The incidental catching of hickory shad by fishing gear set for other sp
08.02.05.07.htm 08.02.05.07. 07 Atlantic Menhaden.. A. Quota.. 1) The annual total allowable landings of Atlantic menhaden for the commercial fishery is set by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and shall be published through a public notice issued in accordance with §F of this regulation.2) Any annual overages of the quota will be deducted from the subsequent year’s quota.. B. Seasons. A public notice shall be issued in accordance with §F of this regulation when the quota and season are approved b
08.02.05.08.htm 08.02.05.08. 08 Eels.. A. Commercial.. 1) Except as permitted under COMAR 08.02.14, a person may not catch, possess, land, or sell eels for commercial purposes which are less than 9 inches total length.2) The annual quota for the commercial fishery is set by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.B. Noncommercial Limits.. 1) A person may not catch or possess eels for noncommercial purposes which are less than 9 inches total length.
08.02.05.09.htm 08.02.05.09. 09 River Herring.. A. Definition.. 1) In this regulation, the following term has the meaning indicated.. 2) Term Defined. “River herring” means both alewife herring (Alosa pseudoharengus) and blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis)B. An individual may not possess river herring within the jurisdiction of Maryland.. C. Exceptions. The provisions of §B of this regulation do not prohibit the entry into the State, or possession, transportation, exportation, processing, sale, offer of sale, o
08.02.05.10.htm 08.02.05.10. 10 Bluefish.. A. Minimum Size. A person may not catch or possess bluefish less than 8 inches in total length.. B. Recreational Catch Limit. Except for a person licensed to catch finfish for sale, a person may not catch or possess more than ten bluefish per day.C. Commercial Catch Limit. A coastwide quota and daily catch limit to be shared by Atlantic states will be established and published by National Marine Fisheries Service and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
08.02.05.11.htm 08.02.05.11. 11 Sturgeon.. Except for purposes of scientific investigation and aquaculture activities under a permit issued by the Department, a person may not catch or possess Atlantic sturgeon.
08.02.05.12.htm 08.02.05.12. 12 Summer Flounder.. A. Recreational Fishery. The recreational size limit, catch limit, and season for summer flounder shall be established and may be modified through a public notice issued in accordance with §F of this regulation.B. Commercial Fishery.. 1) Quotas.. a) The annual commercial quota for Maryland is established by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.b) The annual commercial quota is divided into an allocation for:.
08.02.05.13.htm 08.02.05.13. 13 Weakfish and Spotted Sea Trout.. A. Minimum Size.. 1) A recreational angler may not catch or possess spotted sea trout less than 14 inches in total length.2) A recreational angler may not catch or possess weakfish less than 13 inches in total length.. 3) A person licensed to catch fish for commercial purposes may not catch or possess spotted sea trout less than 14 inches in total length.4) A person licensed to catch fish for commercial purposes may not catch or
08.02.05.14.htm 08.02.05.14. 14 Spanish Mackerel.. A. Recreational Fishery.. 1) Minimum Size. An individual may not catch or possess a Spanish mackerel less than 14 inches total length.2) Catch Limit. An individual may not catch or possess more than 15 Spanish mackerel per day.. 3) Season. The recreational season for catching Spanish mackerel is January 1 through December 31.. 4) All Spanish mackerel harvested by a recreational angler shall be landed with the heads and fins attached naturally.
08.02.05.15.htm 08.02.05.15. 15 Black Drum.. A. Recreational Fishery.. 1) The daily catch and possession limit per individual is one black drum.. 2) The daily catch and possession limit per boat is six black drum.. 3) A person may not catch or possess black drum less than 16 inches in total length.. B. Commercial Fishery.. 1) Atlantic Ocean.. a) The annual total allowable landings is 1500 pounds.. b) A commercial licensee may not catch or possess black drum less than 16 inches in total length..
08.02.05.16.htm 08.02.05.16. 16 Red Drum.. A. Recreational Fishery.. 1) A person may not catch or possess red drum less than 18 inches in total length or greater than 27 inches in total length.2) A person may not catch or possess more than one red drum per day.. B. Commercial Fishery.. 1) A commercial licensee may not catch or possess red drum less than 18 inches in total length or greater than 25 inches in total length.2) A commercial licensee may not catch or possess more than five red drum per day..
08.02.05.17.htm 08.02.05.17. 17 Cobia.. A. Recreational. The recreational size limit, catch limit, and season for cobia shall be established and may be modified through a public notice issued in accordance with §C of this regulation.B. Commercial.. 1) Minimum Size. An individual who harvests cobia for commercial purposes may not catch or possess a cobia with a fork length that is less than 33 inches.2) Daily Catch Limits.. a) Except as provided in §B(2)b) and (c) of this regulation, a commercial l
08.02.05.18.htm 08.02.05.18. 18 Croaker.. A. Minimum Size.. 1) A recreational angler may not catch or possess a croaker less than 9 inches total length.. 2) A person licensed to catch finfish for sale may not catch or possess a croaker less than 9 inches total length.B. Recreational Catch Limit. Except for a person licensed to catch finfish for sale, a person may not catch or possess more than 25 croaker per day.C. Commercial Season. The commercial season for taking croaker is March 16 through December 31..
08.02.05.19.htm 08.02.05.19. 19 Black Bass ― Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass.. A. Size Limit. The minimum size for black bass is:. 1) 12 inches total length from June 16 through the end of February; and. 2) 15 inches total length from March 1 through June 15.. B. Catch Limit. An individual may not possess more than five black bass.. C. Gear Restrictions.. 1) An individual may not catch black bass in any manner in the tidal waters of the State except with rod or hook and line using natural or artificial
08.02.05.20.htm 08.02.05.20. 20 Tautog.. A. An individual may not catch or possess:. 1) A tautog less than 16 inches total length; and. 2) A tautog from May 16 through June 30.. B. Season and Creel Limit.. 1) From July 1 through October 31, an individual may not catch and possess more than two tautog per day.2) From November 1 through May 15 of the following year, an individual may not catch and possess more than four tautog per day.C. Commercial Gear and Tagging Requirements.. 1) A pot or trap used to
08.02.05.21.htm 08.02.05.21. 21 Black Sea Bass.. A. Recreational. The recreational size limit, catch limit, and season for black sea bass shall be established and may be modified through a public notice issued in accordance with §F of this regulation.B. Commercial.. 1) Minimum Size. An individual who harvests black sea bass for commercial purposes may not catch or possess a black sea bass less than 11 inches in total length, excluding the tail filament.2) Quotas.. a) The annual quota for M
08.02.05.22.htm 08.02.05.22. 22 Scup.. A. Minimum Size.. 1) Recreational. A recreational angler may not catch or possess a scup less than 8 inches in total length.2) Commercial. A commercial tidal fish licensee may not catch or possess scup less than 9 inches in total length.B. Commercial Gear Restrictions.. 1) Except as provided in §B(2) of this regulation, a person may not use a trawl with mesh less than 5 inch diamond mesh applied throughout the:
08.02.05.23.htm 08.02.05.23. 23 Bluefin Tuna.. A. A person may not catch, possess, or land bluefin tuna when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration determines that the quota has been attained and closes the fishery in accordance with 50 CFR 635.B. A person may not catch, possess, or land bluefin tuna in violation of the:. 1) Catch limit established in 50 CFR 635; and. 2) Size specifications established in 50 CFR 635.. C. Before removing the bluefin tuna caught for recreational purposes from a
08.02.05.24.htm 08.02.05.24. 24 Spiny Dogfish.. A. Finning Prohibition.. 1) "Finning" means removing only the fins of a spiny dogfish and returning the remainder of the dogfish to the sea.2) Finning is prohibited.. 3) Spiny dogfish shall be landed with the tail and fins attached naturally to the corresponding carcass.4) An individual may remove the head and eviscerate a spiny dogfish at sea, as long as the tail and fins remain attached by a portion of uncut skin.B. Commercial Licenses and Permits..
08.02.05.25.htm 08.02.05.25. 25 Monkfish.. An individual may not catch or land monkfish (Lophius americanus) for commercial purposes when the Regional Administrator for National Marine Fisheries Service determines that the quota has been attained and closes the fishery as permitted in accordance with 50 CFR 648.
08.02.05.26.htm 08.02.05.26. 26 Billfish.. A. In this regulation, "billfish" means the following species:. 1) Atlantic Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans). 2) Atlantic White Marlin (Kajikia albidus). 3) Atlantic Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) and. 4) Roundscale Spearfish (Tetrapturus georgii). B. A person may not catch, possess, or land billfish when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration closes the fishery in accordance with 50 CFR 635.
08.02.05.27.htm 08.02.05.27. 27 Swordfish.. A. In this regulation, "swordfish" means the Atlantic Swordfish (Xiphias gladius). B. A person may not catch, possess, or land swordfish when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration closes the fishery in accordance with 50 CFR 635.C. A person may not catch, possess, or land swordfish in violation of the:. 1) Catch limit established in 50 CFR 635; and. 2) Size specifications established in 50 CFR 635.. D. Before removing a landed swordfish caught for r
08.02.05.28.htm 08.02.05.28. 28 Walleye.. A. Recreational Fishery.. 1) Size Limit. An individual may not catch or possess, in tidal waters, walleye less than 15 inches total length.2) Season. Recreational fishing of walleye is permitted year round in tidal waters.. B. Commercial Fishery.. 1) Size Limit. An individual may not catch or possess, in tidal waters, walleye less than 15 inches total length.2) Season. An individual may catch, possess, sell, and transport, for commercial purposes, walleye,
08.02.05.29.htm 08.02.05.29. 29 Snapper Grouper Complex.. A. Snapper Grouper Management Groups.. 1) Grouper. The following species of the snapper grouper complex are defined as grouper:. a) Black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci). b) Coney (Cephalopholis fulva). c) Gag grouper (Mycteroperca microlepis). d) Goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara). e) Graysby (Cephalopholis cruentata). f) Misty grouper (Epinephelus mystacinus). g) Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus). h) Red grouper (Epinephelus morio).
08.02.05.30.htm 08.02.05.30. 30 Tilefish.. A. Species. The following species are defined as tilefish:. 1) Blueline tilefish (Caulolatilus microps). 2) Golden tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps) and. 3) Sand tilefish (Malacanthus plumieri). B. A person may not catch, possess, or land tilefish in violation of the:. 1) Catch limit established in accordance with 50 CFR 648;. 2) Size specifications established in accordance with 50 CFR 648;. 3) Season established in accordance with 50 CFR 648; and.
08.02.05.9999.htm 08.02.05.9999. Administrative History Effective date: June 25, 1975 (2:14 Md. R. 1014). Regulation .01E amended as an emergency provision effective April 30, 1999 (26:11 Md. R. 852) amended permanently effective July 26, 1999 (26:15 Md. R. 1147)Regulation .01F adopted effective May 27, 1991 (18:10 Md. R. 1115). Regulation .01F amended effective May 11, 1992 (19:9 Md. R. 878) November 20, 1994 (21:23 Md. R. 1932)Regulation .01F amended as an emergency provision effective April 27, 1995
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