FISHERIES SERVICE: Scoping of Possible Regulations

 
The information provided on this webpage refers to possible regulations or issues which have not yet been proposed. Any text posted on this webpage is not official regulatory text and is subject to change prior to publication in the Maryland Register. The purpose of posting this text is to make the public aware of issues the Department is considering addressing and to elicit public feedback on these ideas. Receiving comments provides the Department with invaluable information and perspectives that may be incorporated into content or editorial changes. Please limit feedback to the changes specified below. We appreciate your time and your commitment to Maryland's natural resources. If you have questions regarding the proposed regulations, please e- mail them to the Regulatory Staff.

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Possible Regulations for 2014

Possible Regulations 2013

Possible Regulations 2012

Striped Bass Tagging

In 2014, the Department required that all Striped Bass harvested commercially under the new Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) management system be tagged prior to landing. This means that a fisherman is permitted to get back to the dock before a tag must be affixed to the fish. The purpose of this rule was to address industry concerns regarding safety and fishing efficiency. Fishermen could now return to the safety of the harbor if weather conditions are poor and would have less interruption in fishing activity during the gill net and hook and line seasons. It was not the intention of the Department to allow any permit holder with quota to just come down to the dock and get his fish from an active fisherman. Fisheries Service was made aware that this behavior was occurring by Natural Resource Police (NRP) in February, 2014. In order to clarify the intent of the regulation, the Department is coping a clarification of the regulation to strengthen the enforceability of the regulation and establish a greater level of individual accountability for the harvesters of the Striped Bass resource a goal of the Industry.

This issue was scoped on March 25, 2014 to the Commercial Industry Striped Bass Workgroup (SBWG).

Feedback is due by COB, Friday, April 23, 2014. If you would like to submit written comment, please email: fisheriespubliccomment@dnr.state.md.us


Charter Crabbing

In April 2013, the Department began scoping charter crabbing regulations which would clarify permissible activity, provide flexibility for crabbing charters, and create a charter crabbing decal. The request for flexibility came at the request of industry members who wanted specific business flexibilities. The Department met with the tourism industry and the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission to discuss the draft proposal.

Please review the Draft Proposal.

The public comment period closes at 4:00 p.m. on March 27, 2014. If you would like to submit written comment, please email: fisheriespubliccomment@dnr.state.md.us


Recreational Gear Repeal 3 Rod Limit in Tidal Waters

The Department will proceed with an emergency regulation in February 2014 to remove the three fishing rod limit per person that was established for tidal waters nearly 7 months ago. This decision is based upon new information that suggests this regulation may have a negative socio-economic impact on tackle shops and sports fishermen, and because the primary objective of this regulation was to address a statewide inconsistency in rod limits rather than conservation obtained since the regulation became effective. Please see the attached letter from the Director of Fisheries Service for detailed information regarding the process: 3 Rod and Jug Limit Letter.

The public comment period closes at 4:00 p.m. on February 5, 2014. If you would like to submit written comment, please email: fisheriespubliccomment@dnr.state.md.us

Result: Regulation Proposed - see Proposed Regulations Page for more information.


Striped Bass Commercial Fishery

The proposed idea would modify the two year declaration period to a three year declaration period in order to allow an additional year before an individual would need to re-declare. An additional proposed idea would seek to formalize the ITQ fishery in the Atlantic Ocean by mirroring the business flexibilities and restrictions currently in the Bay ITQ fishery. Lastly, the action would clarify the tagging requirements for striped bass. The clarification would make it clear that a licensee must use a tag issued to them when tagging striped bass.

The public comment period closes at 4:00 p.m. on March 27, 2014. If you would like to submit written comment, please email: fisheriespubliccomment@dnr.state.md.us


Menhaden

The proposed idea would create business flexibility by allowing one of two options:

  1. Permit transferability or
  2. An assigned operator on a permit.

The public comment period closes at 4:00 p.m. on February 28, 2014. If you would like to submit written comment, please email: fisheriespubliccomment@dnr.state.md.us

Result: Regulation Proposed - see Proposed Regulations Page for more information.


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