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    Default New Crab Regulations for 2014

    The regulations that were proposed in October have been signed by the Secretary & will take effect on Jan 2014

    Mostly housekeeping stuff but also some changes to recreational gear & catch limits

    the full text is posted here in the Md register, a long & hard read

    http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDRegister/4021.pdf starting on page 1784

    I will try to summarize them here.

    The action requires individuals that set crab pots from
    private shoreline property to obtain a free registration.

    the complimentary license issued to a recreational sport fishing boat will no longer double as a recreational crabbing boat license.
    it will only be an individual crab license for the licensee.



    The action also standardizes the catch limit for an
    unlicensed recreational crabber whether crabbing from a boat or the
    shore.
    ( there is tables listed in the proposal, too much to copy here)

    the action removes the license exemption for less than 10 crab traps or net rings.
    now a license is required to use any number of traps or net rings or sienes.
    only hand lines & dip nets are allowed without a license

    the requirement to mark crab trap & net ring floats with the owners name has been changed.
    recreational floats will now be required to have the owners DNR Id #

    the prohibition for setting gear less than 100 ft from a trotline has been changed to prohibit setting gear less than 100 ft from any other set gear.

    this covers all the points that I found however it is a long read & it is possible that I may have missed something

    these proposed regulations were adopted by the Secretary on DEC 3rd & are effective Jan 1 2014

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    the complimentary license issued to a recreational sport fishing boat will no longer double as a recreational crabbing boat license.
    it will only be an individual crab license for the licensee.


    Does that mean everyone on the boat needs a crabbing license?

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    The Department shall issue a complimentary recreational crabbing license to an individual who purchases a:
    (a) Recreational crabbing boat license; or
    (b) Chesapeake Bay and coastal sport fishing boat license in
    accordance with Natural Resources Article, §4-745(d)(2), Annotated
    Code of Maryland.
    (2) The individual issued the complimentary recreational
    crabbing license has the same restrictions as an individual with a
    recreational crabbing license.

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    the prohibition for setting gear less than 100 ft from a trotline has been changed to prohibit setting gear less than 100 ft from any other set gear.

    I see big problems with this one. So I can bring my 30 ring traps and take up 3,000 feet or more as I can set in a box formation and really screw some people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JALOPY View Post
    the complimentary license issued to a recreational sport fishing boat will no longer double as a recreational crabbing boat license.
    it will only be an individual crab license for the licensee.


    Does that mean everyone on the boat needs a crabbing license?
    This is what I read:

    E. Exceptions. An individual who catches or attempts to catch
    crabs for recreational purposes in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay
    and its tidal tributaries is not required to have a recreational crabbing
    license if the individual:

    (5) Is aboard a boat assisting an individual who has a
    recreational crabbing license; or
    (6) Is crabbing for recreational purposes from a boat that has
    been licensed
    (a) by the Department as a recreational crabbing boat.

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    Thanks for the update--this is a great thread!

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    Showing my age but I miss the old but simple rules.

    5 traps per person

    300 feet of trotline per boat

    1 bushel per person

    5 inch size

    Throw back females with eggs

    No time limits or Weds closure

    Memory is not the best but I really think that was it.

    Now - no disrespect to DNR - you need to be a lawyer to keep it all straight.
    What could be more mundane than dying of old age or of natural causes when there is death by misadventure to be pursued ? Skip

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    Quote Originally Posted by 27 sailfish View Post
    Showing my age but I miss the old but simple rules.

    5 traps per person

    300 feet of trotline per boat

    1 bushel per person

    5 inch size

    Throw back females with eggs

    No time limits or Weds closure

    Memory is not the best but I really think that was it.

    Now - no disrespect to DNR - you need to be a lawyer to keep it all straight.
    Hey lawyers need work too! It is a governments job to keep things as confusing as possible as welfare to the legal profession.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fisheyed View Post
    the prohibition for setting gear less than 100 ft from a trotline has been changed to prohibit setting gear less than 100 ft from any other set gear.

    I see big problems with this one. So I can bring my 30 ring traps and take up 3,000 feet or more as I can set in a box formation and really screw some people.
    OR people could screw with you and set their gear in the middle of your square and keep zipping around in between your traps. 100 feet really is not that far when on the water. I usually make sure I'm a 100 yards from people. I hate when people get their boats right up to mine...

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