The warm days are approaching and the Maryland Blue Crab will soon shake off it’s sleepiness and be on the move for, well, whatever you put on your handline or in your traps. I think it’s a good time to revisit the rules regarding crabbing Marylands Coastal Bays and Tributaries. The crab season runs from April 1st to December 31st. The crab should be measured from tip to tip of spikes with the sizes as follows; Hard Crabs- 5 inches. Soft Crabs- 3+1/2 inches. Peeler Crabs- 3+1/4 inches from April 1st to July 14th, then 3+1/2 inches from July 15th to December 15th. Mature Female Crab has No minimum size. No license is required. The daily catch limits are 1 bushel per person or 2 bushels per boat if 2 or more people are on the boat. Be aware that the rules for Chesapeake Bay crabbing differ from Maryland Coastal Waters regulations. For more rules and information visit; www.dnr.maryland.gov #fb
If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally. It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.