Summary of 2002 Recreational Crab Regulations
For Coastal Bays of Marylandís Atlantic Ocean and their Tributaries
click here for a summary of 2002 Recreational Crab Regulations for the Chesapeake Bay
Crab Season: April 1 to December 31
License: No license required.
Daily Time Restriction: None
Minimum Size (measured from tip to tip of spikes):
- Hard Crab - 5 inches
- Soft Crab - 4 inches
- Peeler Crab - 3 1/2 inches
Daily Catch Limit:
One (1) bushel hard crabs per person, but not more than two (2) bushels if two (2) or more persons are on a boat.
IT SHALL BE LAWFUL:
- To crab in the Coastal Bays of Maryland's Atlantic Ocean and their tributaries using:
- not more than 600 feet of baited trotline, with a float of the same color, size, and shape attached to each end; or
- not more than two (2) 600 foot trotlines if two (2) or more persons are in the boat; or
- dip nets and any number of handlines; and
- not more than ten (10) or a combination of ten (10) collapsible crab traps or crab net rings per person from docks, piers, bridges, boats, or shorelines; or
- not more than twenty-five (25) or a combination of twenty-five (25) collapsible crab traps or crab net rings, if two or more persons are in the boat.
- For waterfront property owners to set a maximum of two (2) crab pots at their property:
- attached by rope or line to the property or a privately owner pier or dock; or
- attached to a pole in front of their property, not more than one hundred (100) yards from the shore and marked with a sign not less than six (6) inches in height indicating the owner's name and address; and
- are required by law to have one (1) 2 5/16-inches cull ring on a side panel of the upper compartment and one (1) 2 5/16-inches cull ring on the lower compartment; and
- are required by law to have a turtle reduction device attached to each entrance or funnel in the lower chamber constructed of wire or plastic, rectangle in shape with dimension not larger than 1 3/4-inches by 4 3/4-inches.
updated ... March 12, 2002