CHESAPEAKE BAY POUND NET LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS

Pound net lighting requirements as specified in Regulation
(COMAR 08.02.05.01(E)):

The owner of a pound net shall mark the pound net while the stakes are in the water, regardless of whether the nets are attached, as follows:

(1) The stake at the head of a pound net shall be marked by a light that is functional between sunset and sunrise, which shall be:

(a) Placed on the stake at least 6 feet above normal high water; and (b) Visible in all directions for at least 1 mile on a clear night; or

(2) The stake of a pound net shall be marked with retro-reflective tape, as specified by the Department, which is placed on the stake at least 6 feet above normal high water in the following areas and manner:

    (a) On all State waters, except for Potomac River tributaries: (i) The stake at each end of the pound net shall be marked with three 4-inch bands of orange retro-reflective tape which do not overlap, and (ii) The stakes between the two end stakes, at intervals not greater than 150 feet apart, shall be marked with a single 4-inch band of white retro-reflective tape; and

    (b) On Potomac River tributaries: (i) The end stake closest to the channel and on the right side of channel when entering from a seaward direction, shall be marked with three 4-inch bands of red retro-reflective tape, which do not overlap, and the opposite end stake shall be marked with three 4-inch bands of green retro-reflective tape which do not overlap, (ii) The end stake closest to the channel and on the left side of the channel when entering from a seaward direction shall be marked with three 4-inch bands of green retro-reflective tape which do not overlap, and the opposite end stake shall be marked with three 4-inch bands of red retro-reflective tape which do not overlap, and (iii) At least three stakes between the two end stakes, at intervals not greater than 150 feet apart, shall be marked with a single 4-inch band of white retro-reflective tape.

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