Crabbing rules get tougher, starting tomorrow

Outdoors

June 16, 1996|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Tomorrow, regulations for crabbers and rockfish anglers change, with the minimum size for rockfish dropping to 26 inches from 28 and conservation measures going into effect for commercial and some recreational crabbers.

New crabbing regulations will:

Shorten the season to run from April 1 to Nov. 30.

Prohibit recreational crabbers using collapsible traps, crab net rings and trotlines from crabbing on Wednesdays.

Allow recreational crabbers using hand lines, dip nets and pots set at private piers to crab seven days a week.

Require commercial crabbers to take off Sundays or Mondays and to mark their boats with their preferred day off.

Allow recreational and commercial crabbers to crab if a day off falls on a holiday or the day preceding a holiday.

Require no cull rings in peeler pots, but these pots must be baited only with live male crabs and food for those crabs.

Require two cull rings in hard crab pots, one being at least 2 3/16 inches and the other 2 5/16 inches.

Change the minimum mesh size for hard crab pots from 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches (crab pots with two-inch mesh will not be required to have cull rings).

The new minimum size for rockfish will be in effect until July 4, when the season closes except for catch-and-release until the fall season opens.

The daily creel limit remains one per day, and all tidal waters are open to fishing.

Dog training

Woody Thurman, a nationally known trainer of retrievers, will teach a two-day seminar on the techniques of training Chesapeake, golden or Labrador retrievers next weekend in Cumberland.

Sponsored by the Allegany County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, the seminar will be Saturday and next Sunday at the Cumberland Outdoor Club. Cost of the seminar is $35 per person or $60 per couple in advance or $15 additional if tickets are purchased at the gate. For more information, call (800) 926-8696.

Pub Date: 6/16/96

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