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Chesapeake Bay Commercial Mature Female Hard Crab Catch Limits and Crew Requirements 
April through June 2018


The secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, pursuant to the Code of Maryland Regulations 08.02.03.14, announces the commercial mature female hard crab catch limits for the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries.

The daily commercial mature female hard crab bushel limits for April through June 2018 are as follows:

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Mature female hard crab bushel limits for the remainder of the crab season will be announced in June and will be based on results of the 2017-2018 winter crab dredge survey conducted by the department and Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

As described in Annotated Code of Maryland, Natural Resources Article, §4-814, a 600 pot authorization (CB6) requires the license holder to have one crew member in addition to him/herself and a 900 pot authorization (CB9) requires the license holder to have two crew members in addition to him/herself on board. These additional crew members must be on board the vessel in order for the licensee to harvest at the bushel limit assigned to a CB6 or CB9. If crew members are not on board, then the licensee is restricted to the Tidal Fish License (TFL) or 300 pot authorization (CB3) bushel limits

Mark J. Belton
Secretary of Natural Resources

Image credit: George Grall, National Aquarium