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 2 dozen male hard crabs 1 dozen soft crabs,
1 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 1 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs
(b) Licensed individual 1 bushel male hard crabs 2 dozen soft crabs,
2 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 2 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs

(3) Daily catch and possession boat limits for a vessel without a recreational crabbing boat license.

(a) One unlicensed individual on board an unlicensed vessel 2 dozen male hard crabs 1 dozen soft crabs,
1 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 1 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs
(b) Two or more unlicensed individuals on board an unlicensed vessel 4 dozen male hard crabs 1 dozen soft crabs,
1 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 1 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs
(c) One licensed individual or one licensed individual accompanied
by any number of unlicensed individuals on board an unlicensed vessel
1 bushel male hard crabs 2 dozen soft crabs,
2 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 2 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs
(d) Two or more licensed individuals or two or more licensed individuals
accompanied by any number of unlicensed individuals on board an unlicensed vessel
2 bushels male hard crabs 2 dozen soft crabs,
2 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 2 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs

(4) Daily catch and possession boat limits for a vessel with a recreational crabbing boat license.

(a) One or more unlicensed individuals on board a licensed vessel 1 bushel male hard crabs 2 dozen soft crabs,
2 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 2 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs
(b) One licensed individual on board a licensed vessel 1 bushel male hard crabs 2 dozen soft crabs,
2 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 2 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs
(c) An individual who purchased a recreational crabbing boat license
accompanied by any number of unlicensed individuals on board a licensed vessel
1 bushel male hard crabs 2 dozen soft crabs,
2 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 2 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs
(d) Two or more licensed individuals accompanied by any number of
unlicensed individuals on board a licensed vessel
2 bushels male hard crabs 2 dozen soft crabs,
2 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 2 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs
(e) One licensed individual, who is not the owner of the licensed vessel,
accompanied by any number of unlicensed individuals on board a licensed vessel
2 bushels male hard crabs 2 dozen soft crabs,
2 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 2 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs

B. Female Hard Crabs and Female Peelers.

(1) Except as provided in §E(2) of this regulation, an individual may not catch or possess female hard crabs or female peelers.

(2) Exceptions.

(a) An individual may possess female peeler or hard crabs if the female crabs are accompanied by a bill of sale.

(b) An individual recreationally harvesting crabs may not be in possession of female peeler or hard crabs.

C. An individual commercially harvesting crabs aboard a vessel may only have crabs that are commercially harvested on board.