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BLUE CRAB - Sponge Crab ImportCOMAR 08.02.03.08 and .14
The purpose of this action is to make changes to the
commercial crab fishery. Specifically,
the proposed action modifies the dates for importing sponge crabs and the size
of the letters displayed on vessels.
BLUE CRAB - Clarification
The department intends to clarify terminology in
the trotline regulation.
The department needs to make changes to the blueline tilefish
regulations in response to Amendment 6 to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery
Management Council's Tilefish Fishery Management Plan.
CLAM — Hard and Soft
Create regulations for clam harvest in accordance with the National Shellfish Sanitation Program Model Ordinance.
CLAM — Harvest in the Chester River COMAR 08.02.02.12; 08.02.04.15; 08.02.07.03
Current regulations conflict on whether clamming is allowed or prohibited in a certain
area of the Chester River. The department would like to clarify that clamming is allowed in Zone A of the Chester River Oyster Recovery Area.
08.02.05.17 and COMAR 08.02.12.03
The proposed action adds
cobia to the in need of conservation list and creates rules for both the recreational
and commercial fisheries. The proposed action establishes rules to allow
changes to the regulation by public notice so that Maryland may implement
management measures of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC)
Interstate Fishery Management Plan for the Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia in a
COMMERCIAL LICENSE TARGETS - 2017/2018COMAR 08.02.01.05
This proposed action adjusts commercial license targets based on unlimited tidal fish licenses (UTFL) that were downgraded during the 2016/2017 license year.
FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLANSCOMAR
The proposed action incorporates the Chesapeake and
Atlantic Coast King and Spanish Mackerel Fishery Management Plan (1994) and the
Fishery Management Plan for Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) in Maryland
Tidewater (January 2014) into regulation. The department uses fishery
management plans to guide actions taken to conserve and manage the species.
GEAR — Sharing Commercial GearCOMAR 08.02.03.07; 08.02.05.01, .02, .07;
08.02.15.04, .07; 08.02.25.04—.07
GEAR — Stinger HooksCOMAR
The proposed action clarifies the definition of stinger
HOOKS, BAIT, STRIPED BASS — May 16 through December 15
COMAR 08.02.05.02; COMAR 08.02.15.03, .09 and .10; and
COMAR 08.02.25.01 and .03
Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee has approved these
regulations on a temporary basis through October 12. We are
also moving forward with our normal regulation process which would keep the
regulations effective through 2019.
The purpose of this action is to reduce the
minimum size of striped bass for the recreational and charter boat summer and
fall fishery in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries from 20 inches to
19 inches. The proposal makes changes in several chapters to
accomplish the purpose, including changes to the season, gear and use of
bait. All changes apply to recreational anglers and charter boats. Changes for the
restrictions that are made for the period May through December for hook
requirements and striped bass sizes and seasons are specific to 2018 and
2019 and do not apply to other years.
JONAH CRABSCOMAR 08.02.08.06
The purpose of this action
is to amend commercial management measures for Jonah Crab (Cancer borealis) in
response to Addendum II to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Jonah Crab. Addendum II to the fishery management plan
develops a coastwide standard for claw harvest and establishes requirements for
the bycatch fishery.
LICENSE FREE FISHING AREASCOMAR
The purpose of this
action is to add three new areas to a geographically diverse network of license
free fishing areas throughout the state in order to promote recreational
fishing. An individual fishing in a
license free fishing area is required to observe all fishing laws and
regulations. A free angler registration is required for anglers fishing without
a license in designated tidal license free fishing areas. An individual is
exempt from all other license fees and requirements.
OUT OF STATE SUPPLIER REGISTRATIONThe department would like to establish a permit for an out-of-state fish supplier.
department would like to make it clear that a person may not harvest oysters in
a harvest reserve area when it is not open.
OYSTERS - GardeningThe
department intends to adopt regulations for an oyster gardening program. Regulations are required by the National
Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP).
Additional Information: National Shellfish Sanitation Program’s Guide for the Control of Molluscan Shellfish: 2015 Revision
department would like to limit the recreational harvest of oysters.
PENALTIESThe department plans to make annual changes to commercial, recreational
and dealer penalties based on the penalty workgroup meeting that was held June
PUBLIC SHELLFISH FISHERY AREAS —
#109 and #110COMAR 08.02.04.17
The purpose of this action is to incorporate by reference “Public Shellfish Fishery Areas of the Chesapeake Bay and Its Tidal Tributaries (November 2016)”. This document contains coordinates for all Public Shellfish Fishery Areas (PSFA) in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. The November 2016 version of this document contains amended coordinates for PSFA 109 to exclude a 4.9 acre portion of an 11.9 acre submerged land lease and PSFA 110 to exclude a 7.7 acre submerged land lease. The proposed action also corrects a reference to statute.
PUBLIC SHELLFISH FISHERY AREAS — #80 and
The department has been asked to declassify two public shellfish fishery
STRIPED BASS - Housekeeping
The department needs to update the coordinates for Sandy Point and Turkey Point. The coordinates appear in different regulations, but are not identical. This is a housekeeping change for clarification.
SUBMERGED AQUATIC VEGETATIONThe department intends to update the delineations of Submerged Aquatic
Vegetation (SAV) Protection Zones.
The department plans to implement changes for the commercial and
recreational tautog fishery in response to the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission
Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog.
The purpose of this action is to create a new delayed harvest trout fishing area. The proposed action adds the South Branch Patapsco River from West Friendship Road (Howard Co) and Main Street (Carroll Co) upstream approximately 1.1 miles to the upper boundary of the Hugg Thomas Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to the list of Group 1 Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Areas.
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