Chesapeake Bay Commercial Mature Female Hard Crab Catch Limit and Crew Requirements
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service (MDNR) announces the commercial mature female hard crab bushel limit and closure periods for 2014 for the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries pursuant to COMAR 08.02.03.14. Notwithstanding COMAR 08.02.03.11A(5), there are no closure periods for female harvest in 2014. The daily commercial mature female hard crab bushel limits for 2014 are as follows:
|Daily Mature Female Bushel Limits by License Type|
|Season||LCC||TFL or CB3||TFL with CB6 or CB3 with CB6||TFL with CB9 or CB3 with CB9|
|April 1-April 30||2||5||10||18|
|May 1- May 31||2||4||6||11|
|June 1- June 30||2||7||9||12|
|July 1- Aug 31||2||7||10||13|
|Sept 1-Sept 30||4||14||21||29|
|Oct 1-Oct 31||4||15||22||30|
|Nov1 - Nov 10||4||7||18||28|
|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|
Mature female hard crab bushel limits and closure periods are subject to change based on results of the 2013-2014 winter crab dredge survey (available late April) conducted by the MDNR and the 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 TFL or CB3 bushel limits.