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PUBLIC NOTICE 

                                                   Maryland Department of Natural Resources                                                        Fishing and Boating Services
Commercial Mature Female Hard Crab Catch Limits April 2019 - June 2020


The secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, pursuant to the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 08.02.03.14, announces the commercial mature female hard crab catch limits for the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries for April 2019 through June 2020.

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Mature female hard crab bushel limits for the remainder of the 2020 crab season will be
announced when the results of the 2019-2020 winter crab dredge survey are available.

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.

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.

                                                                                                                         Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio                                                                                                                       Secretary of Natural Resources

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