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08.02.13.03

.03 Point Assignment Schedule.

A. For each conviction of a chargeable offense listed in §§C—I of this regulation, the Department shall enter on the record of the person the number of points listed for that particular conviction.

B. The points associated with each conviction are described in §§C—I of this regulation. All statutory references are to Natural Resources Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, unless otherwise noted.

C. Tier I. The following violations are Tier I violations. A person who receives a conviction for a Tier I violation receives 5 points.

Statute or Regulation Description
1 4-1105, 4-1009.1, 4-1014, 4-1014.1, 4-1014.2, 4-1014.3, COMAR 08.02.04.13, COMAR 08.02.04.14, COMAR 08.02.04.15 Harvesting Oysters on Closed Areas, Reserved Areas, or Sanctuaries: less than 50 feet within an area
2 4-215, COMAR 08.02.04.04 Untagged Oysters: 2 Containers
3 4-1012, COMAR 08.02.04.12 Dredging for Oysters in Prohibited Areas: less than 150 feet within an area
4 4-1013(e) Dredging for Oysters on Areas Reserved for Tongers: less than 150 feet within an area
5 4-1011 Using Patent or Hand Tongs Illegally in Certain County Waters
6 4-1013(f) Using an Illegal Oyster Dredge
7 4-1006(b) Harvesting Oysters or Clams in a Polluted Area: less than 150 feet over the pollution line
8 4-1006(a) Harvesting Oysters or Clams Near the Federal Research Laboratory at Oxford: within 400 feet of the laboratory
9 4-1022 Illegally Using a Shinnecock Rake
10 COMAR 08.02.07.02, COMAR 08.02.07.03 Violating Requirements Pertaining to Hard-Shell Clam
11 4-1021(a)-(b) Violating Dredging Provisions Pertaining to Hard-Shell Clams in Pocomoke and Tangier Sounds
12 4-1021.2(b) Harvesting Hard Shell Clams in Somerset County With Patent Tongs Between Sunset and Sunrise, on Sunday, or During a Closed Season
13 4-1021.1 Dredging for Hard-Shell Clams in the Atlantic Coastal Bays
14 4-1027 Selling and Shipping Hard-Shell Clams Without the Proper License
15 4-1024 Unlawfully Taking Hard-Shell Clams for Commercial Purposes without a License in Worcester County
16 4-1037(1) Using a Hydraulic Clam Dredge to Catch Soft Shell Clams Within 150 Feet of a Natural Oyster Bar or Leased Oyster Area
17 COMAR 08.02.02.01A Operating a Hydraulic Soft Shell Clam Dredge Without a License
18 COMAR 08.02.02.04D Exceeding the Daily Catch Limit for Soft-Shell Clams: 2 containers or more over the limit
19 COMAR 08.02.02.05 Minimum Size Limit for Soft-Shell Clams: 2 bushels or more with 15—24% undersized clams
20 COMAR 08.02.02.06A Catching or Landing Soft-Shell Clams on Sunday
21 COMAR 08.02.02.06B Violating Regulations Pertaining to the Time for Harvesting, Landing, or Delivering Soft Shell Clams by 60 Minutes or More
22 4-1036, COMAR 08.02.02.08, COMAR 08.02.02.09 Unlawfully Selling Soft-Shell Clams
23 4-1038 Violating Restrictions on Harvesting Soft-Shell Clams by Hydraulic Dredge in Certain Counties
24 4-1006.1 Using a Hydraulic Clam Dredge, a Traditional Bottom Dredge, or a Shinnecock Rake in a SAV Protection Zone: less than 150 feet within an area
25 4-1007, COMAR 08.02.02.12B, COMAR 08.02.07.03C Harvesting clams within 150 feet of a
   (a) natural oyster bar;
   (b) leased area;
   (c) public shellfish fishery area; or
   (d) sanctuary
26 COMAR 08.02.03.14E, 4-803, 4-215 Possessing Undersized Crabs:
   (a) Hard Crabs (All Licenses);
       (i) 10-30 per bushel;
       (ii) 23-75 per barrel;
   (b) Peelers (All Licenses);
       (i) over 15 per bushel;
       (ii) over 25 per float;
   (c) Soft Crabs: 10 or more
27 COMAR 08.02.03.12B, 4-803, 4-215 Violating Regulations Pertaining to Crabbing in Worcester County-Catch Limit: 2 bushels or more over the daily catch limit
28 COMAR 08.02.03.14B, 4-803, 4-215 Possessing Female Crabs in Male Crab Bushels:
   (a) Over 10 per bushel;
   (b) Over 23 per barrel
29 COMAR 08.02.03.11A, 4-803, 4-215 Violating Regulations Pertaining to Mature Female Crabs-Closure Period:
   (a) Over 8 per bushel;
   (b) Over 18 per barrel
30 COMAR 08.02.03.14B, 4-803, 4-215 Violating Regulations Pertaining to Mature Female Crabs-Catch Limit:
   (a) LCC: 1 bushel over limit;
   (b) TFL/CB3: 2—3 bushels over limit;
   (c) CB6: 3—5 bushels over limit;
   (d) CB9: 4—7 bushels over limit
31 COMAR 08.02.03.04, 4-803, 4-215 Violating Crab Scrape Requirements:
   (a) structural requirements;
   (b) number permitted; or
   (c) prohibited areas
32 COMAR 08.02.03.05, 4-803, 4-215 Violating Bank Trap & Channel Pound Requirements:
   (a) structural requirements;
   (b) prohibited areas;
   (c) over 35 set in Somerset county; or
   (d) failure to remove by specified times
33 COMAR 08.02.03.07B, COMAR 08.02.03.12A, 4-803, 4-215 Violating Crab Pot Structural Requirements
34 COMAR 08.02.03.07E-H, 4-803, 4-215 Setting Crab Pots in a Restricted Area: 5-14  pots set in a restricted area
35 COMAR 08.02.03.07C Failing to Remove 5 or More Crab Pots Within 30 Days of the End of the Season
36 COMAR 08.02.03.13, 4-803, 4-215 Violating Regulations Pertaining to Harvesting Crabs From Pound Nets
37 COMAR 08.02.03.11A, 08.02.03.12D, 4-803, 4-215 Violating Regulations Pertaining to the Time for Catching Crabs by 60 Minutes or More
38 4-809(c) Possessing Fat, Snot, Green or Buckram Crab in Worcester County
39 COMAR 08.02.06.01C Using an Illegal Method to Catch Snapping Turtles
40 COMAR 08.02.06.01E Catching Snapping Turtle in Charles County During Prohibited Times
41 COMAR 08.02.06.01F Possessing Destroying or Disturbing Snapping Turtle Eggs
42 COMAR 08.02.06.01G Violating Snapping Turtle Size Limits: 4 or more undersized snapping turtles
43 COMAR 08.02.06.01G Violating Snapping Turtle Commercial Permits and Licenses Requirements
44 COMAR 08.02.06.01G Violating Snapping Turtle Trap Float Requirements
45 COMAR 08.03.11.04, COMAR 08.03.11.09 Possessing Destroying or Disturbing Diamondback Terrapin Eggs
46 COMAR 08.02.15.05A, 4-2A-03, 4-215 Violating Requirements Pertaining to Tagging Striped Bass: 5—10 fish
47 4-2A-05, COMAR 08.02.15.07 Violating Requirements Pertaining to Striped Bass Size Limits: 6—10 fish
48 COMAR 08.02.15 20%—49% Over Striped Bass Quota
49 COMAR 08.02.05.07 20%—49% Over Menhaden Daily Limit
50 COMAR 08.02.05.12 20%—49% Over Summer Flounder Quota
51 4-740, COMAR 08.02.11.04, COMAR 08.02.05.28 Unlawfully Taking or Possessing Walleyed Pike
52 COMAR 08.02.05.06 Unlawfully Taking Hickory Shad
53 COMAR 08.02.21.03B, 4-215 Possession of Undersized or Oversized Yellow Perch Caught Other Than By Hook and Line: 11—24 Fish
54 4-733, COMAR 08.02.15.12C Possessing Fish Whose Size or Weight Cannot Be Determined
55 4-734, 4-215, COMAR 08.02.05 Possessing Undersized Fish Except Striped Bass: 11 or more fish
56 4-710(e) Unlawfully Using Anchored Gill, Fyke, or Hoop Nets: set more than 1/3 the distance across a body of water
57 COMAR 08.02.05.02B Setting Gill Nets in Prohibited Areas During Certain Times of the Year
58 4-710(c)(1), COMAR 08.02.05.02B, COMAR 08.02.15.07D Using Less Than Minimum Size of Net Mesh
59 4-710(c)(3), COMAR 08.02.05.02B, COMAR 08.02.15.07D Exceeding Maximum Size of Net Mesh
60 COMAR 08.02.05.02B Setting Fishing Gear or Harvesting Fish in Prohibited Upstream Areas of the Susquehanna River
61 4-710(a) Illegally Using a Gig, Gig Iron, Purse Net, Trammel Net, Troll Net, or Drag Net
62 4-710(b) Illegally Using Otter or Beam Trawl — Atlantic Ocean
63 COMAR 08.02.05.02B, COMAR 08.02.21.03K Setting Fyke Nets in Certain Prohibited Areas From February 1st Through March 31st
64 4-711(a)—(d) Illegally Setting Pound or Fyke Nets:
   (a) greater than 1/3 the distance across a body of water;
   (b) setting nets too close together; or
   (c) setting nets in or upon leased oyster grounds without permission
65 4-713(f) Using an Illegal Length of Haul Seine or Using a Haul Seine With More Than One Powered Vessel
66 4-710(f) Violating Haul Seine Restrictions: set more than 1/3 the distance across a body of water
67 4-713(g) Emptying Haul Seine Too Close to Shore or Beach and Allowing Small Fish to Perish
68 4-215, COMAR 08.02.15.07 Unmarked Corks on Drift Gill Net
69 4-713(b) Failure to Have Haul Seine Inspected and Sealed

D. Tier II. The following violations are Tier II violations. A person who receives a conviction for a Tier II violation receives 10 points.

Statute or Regulation Description
1 4-1007, COMAR 08.02.04.16, COMAR 08.02.23.04F Failure to Sell Oysters to a Buy Station
2 4-1013(a) Power Dredging Without a Power Dredge Permit
3 COMAR 08.02.04.03B-C, 4-215 Time for Taking Oysters:
   (a) more than 2 hours after sunset;
   (b) any time before sunrise; or
   (c) on a closed day
4 4-1009(a) Unlawfully Taking Seed Oysters During a Closed Season
5 4-1009(b)—(d), 4-1015.1(b), COMAR 08.02.04.06 Exceeding Oyster Daily Catch Limit: 10%—24% over catch limit
6 4-1015, 4-1015.1, COMAR 08.02.04.11 Possessing Unculled or Undersized Oysters: 15%—24% per bushel
7 4-1040(b), 4-1021(c) Possessing Oysters Aboard a Clam Dredge Boat
8 COMAR 08.02.02.12B, COMAR 08.02.07.03C Harvesting clams within 150 feet of a:
   (a) natural oyster bar;
   (b) leased area;
   (c) public shellfish fishery area; or
   (d) oyster sanctuary
9 COMAR 08.02.03.14F Harvesting Female Crabs With a Male Only Limited Crab Harvester License: More Than 5 Female Crabs in Possession
10 COMAR 08.02.03.08, 4-803, 4-215 Violating Regulations Pertaining to Egg-Bearing Female Crabs
11 4-701(d)(2)(ii)2B, 4-814 Exceeding The Crab Pots Permitted by the Limited Crab Catcher Authorization by 5 Pots or More
12 COMAR 08.02.03.07E-H, 4-803, 4-215 Setting Crab Pots in a Restricted Area: 15 or More Pots Set in a Restricted Area
13 COMAR 08.02.03.14B-D, 4-803, 4-215 Violating Crabbing Regulations Pertaining to Mandatory Days Off
14 COMAR 08.02.03.14B, 4-803, 4-215 Violating Regulations Pertaining to Mature Female Crabs-Catch Limit:
   (a) LCC: 2 bushels over limit;
   (b) TFL/CB3: 4-5 bushels over limit;
   (c) CB6: 6-9 bushels over limit;
   (d) CB9: 8-12 bushels over limit
15 COMAR 08.02.03.12E, 4-803, 4-215 Using a Crab Scrape in Worcester County
16 COMAR 08.02.15.05A, 4-2A-03, 4-215 More Than One Fishery Type of Striped Bass Tags or Permit on Board a Vessel
17 COMAR 08.02.15.05 Tagging Striped Bass with an Incorrect Fishery Tag
18 COMAR 08.02.15 50%—99% Over Striped Bass Quota
19 COMAR 08.02.15.07 Violating Requirements Pertaining to Striped Bass Size Limits: 11 or more fish
20 COMAR 08.02.05.07 50%—99% Over Menhaden Daily Limit
21 4-735, COMAR 08.02.05.19 Violating Fishing Restrictions Concerning the Sale of Black Bass and Chain Pickerel
22 COMAR 08.02.05.05 Unlawfully Taking American Shad
23 COMAR 08.02.05.12 50%—99% Over Summer Flounder Quota
24 COMAR 08.02.21.03B, 4-215 Possession of Undersized or Oversized Yellow Perch Caught Other Than by Hook and Line: 25—50 Fish
25 4-710(h) Obstructing Drift Net Fishing in Waters 50 Feet or More in Depth in the Mainstem of the Chesapeake Bay South of the Bay Bridge from December 1 Through April 1
26 4-713(i) Unlawfully Using a Haul Seine on Weekends

E. Tier III. The following violations are Tier III violations. A person who receives a conviction for a Tier III violation receives 15 points.

Statute or Regulation Description
1 4-405 Fishing on a State Fish Refuge
2 4-743 Violating Shellfish Quarantine
3 4-1015, 4-1015.1, COMAR 08.02.04.11 Possessing Unculled or Undersized Oysters: 25%—49% per bushel
4 4-1009(b)—(d), 4-1015.1(b), COMAR 08.02.04.06 Exceeding Oyster Daily Catch Limit: 25% or more over catch limit
5 4-215, COMAR 08.02.04.04 Untagged Oysters: 3—5 Containers
6 4-1012, COMAR 08.02.04.12 Power Dredging in Prohibited Areas: 150 feet or more within an area
7 4-1013(e) Sail Dredging on Areas Reserved for Tongers: 150 feet or more within an area
8 4-1105, 4-1009.1, 4-1014, 4-1014.1, 4-1014.2, 4-1014.3, COMAR 08.02.04.13, COMAR 08.02.04.14, COMAR 08.02.04.15 Harvesting Oysters on Closed Areas, Reserved Areas, or Sanctuaries: 50—149 feet within an area
9 4-1006(b) Harvesting Oysters or Clams in a Polluted Area: 150 feet or more over the pollution line
10 4-1006(a) Harvesting Oysters or Clams Near the Federal Research Laboratory at Oxford: within 250 feet of the laboratory
11 4-1006.1 Using a Hydraulic Clam Dredge, a Traditional Bottom Dredge, or a Shinnecock Rake in a SAV Protection Zone: 150 feet or more within an area
12 4-1037(1) Using a Hydraulic Clam Dredge to Catch Soft Shell Clams on a Natural Oyster Bar or a Leased Oyster Area.
13 COMAR 08.02.03.14 Possession of Undersized Hard Crabs: 31—40 per bushel or 76—100 per barrel
14 COMAR 08.02.03.14B, 4-803, 4-215 Violating Regulations Pertaining to Mature Female Crabs-Catch Limit:
   (a) LCC: 3 bushels over limit;
   (b) TFL/CB3: 6-9 bushels over limit;
   (c) CB6: 10-14 bushels over limit;
   (d) CB9: 13-19 bushels over limit
15 COMAR 08.02.03.07D, 4-803, 4-215, 4-505 Fishing A Crab Pot Licensed to Another Person
16 4-902 Violating Regulations Pertaining to Terrapins — No Commercial Harvest
17 COMAR 08.02.15.07, 4-215 Possessing 11 or More Oversized Striped Bass
18 COMAR 08.02.15 Harvesting or Attempting to Harvest Striped Bass with an Anchored Gill Net
19 COMAR 08.02.15.05A, 4-2A-03, 4-215 Violating Requirements Pertaining to Tagging Stripped Bass: 11 or more untagged fish
20 COMAR 08.02.05.02, 08.02.15 Harvesting Striped Bass in a Closed Area
21 COMAR 08.02.15 100% or More Over Striped Bass Quota
22 COMAR 08.02.05.07 100% or More Over Menhaden Daily Catch Limit
23 COMAR 08.02.05.12 100% or More Over Summer Flounder Quota
24 COMAR 08.02.21.03B, 4-215 Possession of 51 or More Undersized or Oversized Yellow Perch Caught Other Than by Hook and Line
25 4-2A-03, COMAR 08.02.05.09 Possession of River Herring: 1—10 fish
26 COMAR 08.02.03,COMAR 08.02.04, COMAR 08.02.05, COMAR 08.02.15, COMAR 08.02.21, COMAR 08.02.22, COMAR 08.02.23, Natural Resources Article, Title 4 Violating Closed Commercial Fishing Seasons
27 4-215, COMAR 08.02.15.07 Unlawful Gill Net Reel
28 4-505 Fishing Gear Belonging to Another Person
29 4-511 Interfering with State Buoys, Markers, or Monuments

F. Tier IV. The following violations are Tier IV violations. A person who receives a conviction for a Tier IV violation receives 20 points.

Statute or Regulation Description
1 COMAR 08.02.04 Catching or Possessing Undersized Oysters, If Catch Contains 50% or More Undersized Oysters in Total Catch or 50% or More in Any Bushel or Container That Holds More Than Half a Bushel
2 4-215, COMAR 08.02.04.04 Untagged Oysters: 6—9 Containers
3 COMAR 08.02.04 Harvesting Clams 2 Hours After the Legal Time Period or 2 hours Before the Legal Start Time
4 COMAR 08.02.03.14 Possession of Undersized Hard Crabs: 41—50 per bushel or 101—125 per barrel
5 COMAR 08.02.03.14B, 4-803, 4-215 Violating Regulations Pertaining to Mature Female Crabs — Catch Limit:
   (a) LCC: 4 or more bushels over limit;
   (b) TFL/CB3: 10 or more bushels over limit;
   (c) CB6: 15 or more bushels over limit;
   (d) CB9: 20 or more bushels over the limit
6 COMAR 08.02.15 Catching or Possessing Oversized Striped Bass, If Catch Has 12 or More Fish Over 40 inches
7 COMAR 08.02.15 Selling or Possessing Untagged Striped Bass, Unreported Striped Bass, or Untagged and Unreported Striped Bass, In an Amount of More Than 200 Pounds Above the Permitted Quota
8 4-732, COMAR 08.02.05.02B, COMAR 08.02.15.03 Violating Any Regulation Pertaining to Striped Bass Spawning Areas During Spawning Season
9 COMAR 08.02.15 Using a Drift Gill Net with Mesh in Excess of 8 Inches
10 4-710 Using a Single Strand Monofilament Gill Net
11 4-2A-03, COMAR 08.02.05.09 Possession of River Herring: 11—20 fish
12 COMAR 08.02.12.04A, 4-2A-05(c) Taking Endangered or Threatened Species of Fish

G. Tier V. The following violations are Tier V violations. A person who receives a conviction for a Tier V violation receives 25 points.

Statute or Regulation Description
1 4-739, COMAR 08.02.05.11 Violating Regulations Pertaining to the Catch, Possession, or Sale of Sturgeon
2 4-11A-15 Destroying Boundary Markers for Leased Oyster Ground
3 4-503 Dynamiting
4 4-510 Violating Requirements Pertaining to Spear Guns
5 COMAR 08.02.03.14 Possession of Undersized Hard Crabs: 51 or more per bushel or 126 or more per barrel
6 50 C.F.R. § 600.725 Illegally Harvesting Striped Bass in the EEZ
7 COMAR 08.02.05, 08.02.22 Sharks — Violation of Required Fin/Carcass Ratio

H. Tier VI. The following violations are Tier VI violations. A person who receives a conviction for a Tier VI violation receives 30 points.

Statute or Regulation Description
1 4-708, 4-701(l)(2), COMAR 08.02.13.02E Operating When a License is Suspended or Revoked
2 Natural Resources Article, Title 4, COMAR 08.02.02.01, 08.02.02.09, 08.02.03.03, 08.02.04.05, 08.02.05.03, 08.02.05.08, 08.02.08.03, 08.02.15.05, 08.02.18.03, 08.02.18.04, 08.02.18.05, 08.02.18.06 Operating Without a Required Commercial Fishing License or Authorization
3 4-210(b), 4-701(f) Violating Fishing Guide Requirements: failure to obtain the federal license required to operate a vessel carrying passengers for hire
4 COMAR 08.02.24A, COMAR 08.02.05.24B Unlawfully Finning Sharks or Dogfish
5 4-215, COMAR 08.02.04.04 Untagged Oysters: 10 or More Containers
6 4-1105, 4-1009.1, 4-1014, 4-1014.1, 4-1014.2, 4-1014.3, COMAR 08.02.04.13, COMAR 08.02.04.14, COMAR 08.02.04.15 Harvesting Oysters on Closed Areas, Reserved Areas, or Sanctuaries: 150—249 feet within an area
7 COMAR 08.02.15.04, 4-215 Possessing Striped Bass for Commercial Purposes Without a Striped Bass Allocation
8 4-2A-03, COMAR 08.02.05.09 Possession of River Herring: 21 or more fish
9 16 U.S.C. § 3371-3378 A Violation of the Lacey Act (Misdemeanor)
10 4-205.1, COMAR 08.02.19 Transportation of a Nuisance or Prohibited Species
11 4-205.1, COMAR 08.02.19 Possession of Nuisance or Prohibited Species — 10 or more

I. Tier VII.The following violations are Tier VII violations. A person who receives a conviction for a Tier VI violation receives 35 points.

Statute or Regulation Description
1 4-1105, 4-1009.1, 4-1014, 4-1014.1, 4-1014.2, 4-1014.3, COMAR 08.02.04.13, COMAR 08.02.04.14, COMAR 08.02.04.15 Harvesting Oysters on Closed Areas, Reserved Areas, or Sanctuaries: 250  feet or more within an area
2 16 U.S.C. § 3371-3378 A Violation of the Lacey Act (Felony)

J. In addition to any other applicable penalty, a person may be suspended for a period of not less than 180 days and not exceeding 365 days during the oyster harvest season for:

(1) The unlawful harvest of oysters from a leased oyster bottom or from more than 150 feet within an oyster sanctuary, oyster reserve, or area closed to harvest by the Department of the Environment, when the area is designated and marked with buoys or other signage or the person knew or should have known that the harvest of oysters from the area was unlawful; or

(2) A violation of a time restriction for the harvest or possession of oysters by more than 2 hours.

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