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) Between 1 hour before sunrise to 9 hours after sunrise during the period May through September; and

(ii) Between sunrise and 10 hours after sunrise during April, October, November, and December; and

(b) Crab Scrapes:

(i) Between 1 hour before sunrise to 9 hours after sunrise during the period May through September; and

(ii) Between sunrise and 10 hours after sunrise during April and October; and

(c) Crab pots, bank traps, channel pounds, collapsible traps, net rings, handlines, dip nets, and pound nets between 1/2 hour before sunrise to 7-1/2 hours after sunrise.

(d) A person may not catch crabs using a crab scrape from October 31 to April 14, inclusive.

(2) An individual licensed to catch crabs for sale may set or place overboard scrapes only during the following time periods:

(a) Between 1 hour before sunrise to 9 hours after sunrise during the period May through September; and

(b) Between sunrise and 10 hours after sunrise during April and October.

(3) Crab pots already on board a boat at the end of the 8-hour period specified in A(1)(c) of this regulation may be set during a period of 1 hour immediately following that 8-hour period.

(4) Time limits specified in this regulation are not applicable to the fishing of bank traps before May 1.

(5) An individual licensed to catch crabs for commercial purposes may not harvest mature female hard crabs from the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries during the periods:

(a) June 1 through June 15, inclusive;

(b) September 26 through October 4, inclusive; and

(c) November 11 through December 15 inclusive.

B. Recreational. Except for handlines and dipnets, a person may not set any recreational crabbing gear or catch crabs for recreational purposes from a boat during:

(1) May through September between:

(a) 5 p.m. and 1/2 hour before sunrise in the main Chesapeake Bay; and

(b) Sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise in tidal waters tributary to the Chesapeake Bay;

(2) April, October, November, and December between:

(a) 5 p.m. and 1/2 hour after sunrise in the main Chesapeake Bay; and

(b) Sunset and 1/2 hour after sunrise in tidal waters tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.

C. A person may not catch blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries from December 16 through March 31, inclusive.