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Mid-Atlantic Council to Hold Public Hearings for Chub Mackerel Amendment Joint Council Meeting with ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board in Alexandria, VA: May 10, 2017 Survey Finds Resilient Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Number of Spawning-Age Female Crabs up 31 Percent to Historic High ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board Conference Call Additional closure needed to assist beachnesters at the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park Retention Limit of Commercial Aggregated Large Coastal Shark and Hammerhead Shark Management Groups: Atlantic Region Reduced to 3 Sharks per Trip NOAA Fisheries Announces an Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Meeting May 9-11, 2017 U.S. Reps. Graves, Green, Webster, Wittman Champion Federal Saltwater Fisheries Reform Ocean City Beach Replenishment Scheduled for Fall Mid-Atlantic Council to Hold Public Hearings for Squid Amendment
MD Commercial Oyster Season Extended by 2 Weeks
Friday, March 27, 2015

The MDDNR Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review Committee (AELR) has approved a two week extension to the commercial oyster season effective immediately. This emergency regulation action extends the oyster season through Tuesday, April 14, 2015. This action was requested due to heavy icing experienced throughout the Bay over the course of this winter that has resulted in a significant number of commercial oyster harvesters being unable to engage in the fishery. The extension of the season allows these harvesters to make up for lost time.

These regulations amend the season end date from March 31 to April 14 and prohibit the possession of crabs on a vessel engaged in the commercial oyster fishery. The prohibition of crabs on board oyster boats is due to enforcement concerns regarding the use of oyster gear that may interact with crabs. By prohibiting the possession of crabs on board vessels engaged in the oyster fishery, these enforcement concerns are alleviated.


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