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 unstretched mesh measuring less than 1-1/2 inches or at least 2 inches on each side. The cull ring shall be closed from April 23 through May 31.

B. Daily Catch Limits.

(1) Commercial. The daily catch limit in the coastal bays of the Atlantic Ocean and their tidal tributaries is 25 bushels per commercial boat.

(2) Recreational. The daily catch limit in the waters of the coastal bays of the Atlantic Ocean and their tidal tributaries is:

(a) 1 bushel per individual; and

(b) 2 bushels per boat if two or more individuals are on the boat.

C. Seasons for Catching Crabs.

(1) Commercial. A person licensed to catch crabs for sale may not catch crabs in the coastal bays of the Atlantic Ocean and their tidal tributaries between October 31 and April 1.

(2) Recreational. A person may not catch crabs for recreational purposes in the coastal bays of the Atlantic Ocean and their tidal tributaries between December 31 and April 1.

D. Commercial Daily Time Restrictions. A person licensed to catch crabs for sale may not:

(1) Remove crabs from commercial gear in the coastal bays of the Atlantic Ocean and their tidal tributaries between 2 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.; or

(2) Set or retrieve crab pots in the coastal bays of the Atlantic Ocean and their tidal tributaries between 2 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

E. Gear Restrictions. A person may not catch crabs in the coastal bays of the Atlantic Ocean and their tidal tributaries by scrape.

F. Landing Provision. Crabs caught in the waters of Worcester County may be landed out of the State.