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.
(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 species will not be considered a violation of this section if the hickory shad is returned to the water.
B. Possession or Sale of Hickory Shad Lawfully Taken in Another Jurisdiction. The provisions of §A, above, do not prohibit the entry into the State, or possession, transportation, exportation, processing, sale, offer of sale, or shipment of hickory shad which were caught in waters not under Maryland jurisdiction, if the person engaging in the activity possesses a bill of sale which identifies the hickory shad as originating from waters not under Maryland jurisdiction.