.03 General.

A. Size Limit.

(1) Except as provided in §A(2) of this regulation, a person may not possess hard-shell clams harvested from State waters with a transverse dimension of less than 1 inch.

(2) A person may possess not more than 10 percent of the catch per bag which measures less than the minimum size specified in §A(1) of this regulation.

B. Gear. The use of hand-held gear is permitted in the Atlantic Ocean and Coastal Bays.

C. Prohibited Areas and Exception.

(1) Except as provided in §C(2) of this regulation, an individual may not harvest hard-shell clams within 150 feet of a:

(a) Natural oyster bar;

(b) Leased area;

(c) Public shellfish fishery area established in COMAR; or

(d) Sanctuary designated in Section I of "Oyster Sanctuaries of the Chesapeake Bay and Its Tidal Tributaries (September 2010)" that is incorporated by reference in COMAR

(2) An individual may harvest hard-shell clams from the Chester ORA Zone A sanctuary.