COMMERCIAL OYSTER RULES:

The Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources establishes the rules for the commercial oyster seasons, days of the week that an individual may catch oysters, and catch limits. Effective at 12:01 a.m. July 4, 2020:

•  Seasons

  • The commercial oyster season is open from Oct. 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021 for the following gears:

            -Shaft (Hand) Tong

            -Patent Tong

            -Dive

  • The commercial oyster season is open from Nov. 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021 for the following gears:

             -Power Dredge

             -Dredge Boat (Sail Dredge)

             -Dredge Boat (Sail Dredge) with Auxiliary Yawl Boat

  • The season is closed on all other dates.

•  Daily Catch Limits

  • A licensee may harvest up to 12 bushels per licensee per day, not to exceed 24 bushels per boat per day, if at any time during the day they use a shaft tong, patent tong, dive equipment, or any combination of those gear types.
  • A licensee may harvest up to 10 bushels per licensee per day, not to exceed 20 bushels per boat per day, if at any time during the day they use a power dredge, regardless of what other gear is used that day.
  • A licensee may harvest up to 100 bushels per licensee per day, not to exceed 100 bushels per boat per day, if they use only a dredge boat (sail dredge) or dredge boat (sail dredge) with auxiliary yawl boat, or any combination of those gear types to harvest oysters that day.

• Days of the Week

  • An individual may catch oysters for commercial purposes only on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

WHERE THESE RULES APPLY
All open oyster harvest areas. Oyster harvest areas are submerged ground where an individual is allowed to catch oysters. “Oyster harvest area” does not include an area leased for aquaculture, restricted by the Maryland Department of the Environment, or designated as a submerged aquatic vegetation protection zone, harvest reserve area, or sanctuary.
 

WHO THIS NOTICE AFFECTS
Anyone who catches oysters for commercial purposes. These rules do not apply to individuals legally harvesting oysters from an aquaculture lease.
 

AUTHORITY
Code of Maryland Regulations 08.02.04.11G


RECREATIONAL OYSTER RULES:

The Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources establishes the rules for the recreational oyster season, days of the week that an individual may catch oysters, catch limits, and catch times. Effective at 12:01 a.m. July 4, 2020:

• Seasons

  • The recreational oyster season is open from October 1, 2020 through and including March 31, 2021.
  • The season is closed on all other dates.

• Daily Catch Limits

  • The recreational catch limit is 100 oysters per person per day.

• Days of the Week

  • An individual may catch oysters for recreational purposes only on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.

• Catch Times

  • An individual may catch oysters for recreational purposes only from sunrise to noon.

WHERE THESE RULES APPLY
All open oyster harvest areas. Oyster harvest areas are submerged ground where an individual is allowed to catch oysters. “Oyster harvest area” does not include an area leased for aquaculture, restricted by the Maryland Department of the Environment, or designated as a submerged aquatic vegetation protection zone, harvest reserve area, or sanctuary.

WHO THIS NOTICE AFFECTS
Anyone who catches oysters for recreational purposes. These rules do not apply to individuals legally harvesting oysters from an aquaculture lease..

AUTHORITY
Code of Maryland Regulations 08.02.04.11G