The Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces modifications to the recreational male hard crab catch and possession limits for the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries for July through December 2022.

Effective 12:01 a.m. July 1, 2022, male hard crab catch and possession limits for individuals on a vessel are:

Daily catch and possession boat limits for July 1 – December 15, 2022
  Unlicensed BoatWith 1 unlicensed individual2 dozen male crabs
With 2 or more unlicensed individuals4 dozen male crabs
With 1 or more licensees and any number of unlicensed individuals1 bushel of male crabs
Licensed BoatWith any number of licensed or unlicensed individuals1 bushel of male crabs

Male hard crab catch and possession limits are based on results of the winter crab dredge survey conducted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and consultation with advisory groups and stakeholders.

WHERE THIS NOTICE APPLIES

This applies to recreational crabbing on vessels in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries, including the Maryland tributaries of the Potomac River. This change does not affect recreational crabbing from shore in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. This change also does not affect recreational crabbing from shore or on a vessel in the Atlantic Ocean, its coastal bays, or their tributaries.


Commerical Male Crabbing

The Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, in consultation with blue crab advisory groups, announces the commercial male hard crab catch limits for the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries for July through December 2022.

Male hard crab catch limits include a catch of all-male market categories combined (e.g., number ones, number twos, and mixed/culls).

There are no catch limits for male crabs from July 1 – July 31, 2022, and October 1 – November 30, 2022, dates inclusive. No male hard crab harvest is allowed from December 1 – December 15, 2022.

The catch of male hard crabs on board a vessel must be kept either entirely in bushels or entirely in lugs. Containers may not be mixed on a vessel.

Male hard crab bushel limits are based on results of the winter crab dredge survey conducted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and consultation with advisory groups and stakeholders.

Crew limits as described in Annotated Code of Maryland, Natural Resources Article, §4-814, are in effect. If crew members are not on board, then the licensee is restricted to the TFL or CB3 bushel limits.

Effective 12:01 a.m. July 1, 2022, the bushel limits are:

Daily Male Hard Crab Catch Limits by License Type and Container from August 1 – September 30, 2022
ContainerLCCTFL or CB3TFL with CB6 or CB3 with CB6TFL with CB9 or CB3 with CB9
Bushel481215
Lug25810
The above acronyms stand for: LCC – Limited Crab Harvester License 50 pots; CB3 – Crab Harvester License 300 pots; CB6 – 600 pot authorization; CB9 – 900 pot authorization; and TFL – Unlimited Tidal Fish License A lug is defined as a rectangular-shaped container that does not exceed the following inside dimensions: 22-7/8 inches length across the top; 14-7/8 inches width across the top; 21 inches length across the bottom; 13 inches width across the bottom; and 12-3/8 inches height.

WHERE THIS NOTICE APPLIES

This applies to the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries, including the Maryland tributaries of the Potomac River.

Female Commerical Crabbing

The Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, in consultation with blue crab advisory groups, announces the commercial mature female hard crab catch limits for the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries for July through December 2022. Effective 12:01 a.m. July 1, 2022, the bushel limits are:

Daily Mature Female Hard Crab Bushel Limits by License Type
DateLCCTFL or CB3TFL with CB6 or CB3 with CB6TFL with CB9 or CB3 with CB9
July 1 – August 31, 2022291317
September 1 – October 31, 20225172732
November 1 – November 30, 2022251015
December 1 – December 15, 2022 — No Female Hard Crab Harvest Allowed
The above acronyms stand for: LCC – Limited Crab Harvester License 50 pots; CB3 – CrabHarvester License 300 pots; CB6 – 600 pot authorization; CB9 – 900 pot authorization; and TFL – Unlimited Tidal Fish License

Mature female hard crab bushel limits are based on results of the winter crab dredge survey conducted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and consultation with advisory groups and stakeholders.

Crew limits as described in Annotated Code of Maryland, Natural Resources Article, §4-814, are in effect. If crew members are not on board, then the licensee is restricted to the TFL or CB3 bushel limits.

WHERE THIS NOTICE APPLIES

This applies to the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries, including the Maryland tributaries of the Potomac River.


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...

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3 Comments

  1. I feel the state is partnering with commercial crabbers to stop recreational crabbers like myself from catching crabs. It’s all about money and not about the blue crab. It’s a joke and all involved. Sgt. Novak USMC.

  2. I believe they need to open up the Rock season 2 more fish and open it up on drum more so the crabs will come back open up more of the fishing

  3. I feel commercial crabbers should not be able to keep any peeler this may help population and why can commercial crabbers can keep mature female and residential cannot not fair

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