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
( 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