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PUBLIC NOTICE
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Fishing and Boating Service
2022-2023 Commercial Oyster Rules — Effective July 4, 2022


WHAT THIS NOTICE DOES 

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, 2022:

  • Seasons 
    • The commercial oyster season is open October 1, 2022 through March 31, 2023 for the following gear types: 
      • Shaft (Hand) Tong 
      • Patent Tong
      • Dive

    • The commercial oyster season is open November 1, 2022 through March  31, 2023 for the following gear types:
      • 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 (hand) 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 
    • An individual may catch oysters for commercial purposes only from Monday through 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

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