Chesapeake Bay Pound Nets

Pound net sites in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay must be registered with the Department of Natural Resources. The following map will assist you in viewing all pound net sites currently registered with the Department. If you're interested in downloading the coordinates please click on "Pound Net Sites download (CSV File)" or the the link to the right with same label.


  • All locations are for registered pound net sites. Not all registered sites have nets set in that location. Therefore, there are more sites illustrated here than you will actually see out in the Bay. However, a commercial waterman does have permission to set a net at these coordinates.
  • A pound net site consists of a grouping of points. Each dot/point represents the inside or outside coordinate of a pound net site, this helps illustrate the orientation and length of each site.
  • Locations should not be used for navigational purposes and are subject to change.
  • If you have questions on understanding the points, please go to our DESCRIPTION OF A POUND NET SITE page.
  • For questions about pound net sites in the Potomac River, please call the Potomac River Fisheries Commission at 800-266-3904.

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For further information, email Matt Lawrence or call 410-260-8293.