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PUBLIC NOTICE

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Fishing and Boating Services
2018 Recreational Black Sea Bass Fishery — Effective Jan. 1, 2018

The secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, pursuant to COMAR 08.02.05.21F, announces that the recreational black sea bass fishery will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. Feb. 28, 2018.

In order to implement the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Black Sea Bass, the department will establish the season, catch limit and minimum size for the recreational black sea bass fishery for the remainder of 2018 in a later notice.


PUBLIC NOTICE

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Fishing and Boating Services
2018 Summer Flounder Season, Size Limit and Creel Limit
Effective Jan. 1, 2018

The secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, pursuant to Code of Maryland Regulation (COMAR)08.02.05.12F, announces the season, catch limit and minimum size for the summer flounder fishery for 2018, effective 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, 2018.

  • The season will be open Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Recreational anglers may keep up to four (4) summer flounder per person per day.
  • The recreational minimum size for summer flounder is 17 inches in all Maryland state waters.
  • The commercial hook and line minimum size for summer flounder is 17 inches in all Maryland state waters.
  • The commercial minimum size for summer flounder caught by gear other than hook and line is 14 inches.
  • All other rules remain the same.

The season, size limit and creel limit may be adjusted in 2018 pending Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission action.


PUBLIC NOTICE

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Fishing and Boating Services
2018 Atlantic Coast Recreational and Charter Boat Striped Bass Fishery ChangesEffective Jan. 1, 2018

The secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, pursuant to the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR)08.02.15.12H, announces changes to the recreational fishery to implement the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Striped Bass.

Effective 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, 2018, a person may not take or possess more than two striped bass per day from Maryland waters of the Atlantic Ocean, its coastal bays and their tributaries. The striped bass must be between 28 and 38 inches, inclusive, or greater than or equal to 44 inches. All other rules remain the same.