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PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
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MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 45, ISSUE 2, FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018
(10) Somerset County: []
(a) Janes Island State Park Bulkhead area on Daugherty Creek within the boundaries of Janes Island State Park[.]; and
(b) Crisfield City Dock City dock/depot area at the end of West Main Street.
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E. (text unchanged)
MARK J. BELTON Secretary of Natural Resources
Subtitle 02 FISHERIES SERVICE
08.02.03 Crabs Authority: Natural Resources Article, 4-803 and 4-810, Annotated Code of Maryland
Notice of Proposed Action
[18-028-P]
PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
75
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 45, ISSUE 2, FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018
(10) Somerset County: []
(a) Janes Island State Park Bulkhead area on Daugherty Creek within the boundaries of Janes Island State Park[.]; and
(b) Crisfield City Dock City dock/depot area at the end of West Main Street.
(11)(12) (text unchanged)
E. (text unchanged)
MARK J. BELTON Secretary of Natural Resources
Subtitle 02 FISHERIES SERVICE
08.02.03 Crabs Authority: Natural Resources Article, 4-803 and 4-810, Annotated Code of Maryland
Notice of Proposed Action
[18-028-P]
The Secretary of Natural Resources proposes to amend Regulations .08 and .14 under 08.02.03 Crabs.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of this action is to make changes to the commercial crab fishery. Specifically the proposed action modifies the dates for importing sponge crabs and the size of the letters displayed on vessels.
The industry has been asking the Department for flexibility in the dates that sponge crabs are allowed to be imported to Maryland. The department developed management options for the importation of sponge crabs based on feedback received during the May 11, 2017 crab committee meeting and based on conversations with members of the industry over the past few years. The options were discussed at the Blue Crab Industry Advisory Committee meeting September 28, 2017. The committee supported the expansion of the sponge crab importation time frame from 71 days (April 25 - July 5) to 122 days (April 15 - August 15). However, further discussion at the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission meeting October 26, 2017 resulted in the recommendation to keep the time frame to a 71 consecutive day period. The time frame must be between April 10 and July 20, but the specific dates would be adjusted by public notice. This is intended to allow more flexibility for the crab processors in Maryland to acquire the necessary product for their businesses while conserving the resource. The dates would be set by public notice after consultation with the processors and could be modified on an annual basis. The proposed action removes the current dates and establishes the length of the import window, dates that the import window must occur and rules for the public notice.
The proposed action changes the minimum height requirement for the abbreviation of the day off from 4 inches to 3 inches to be consistent with the rest of the commercial marking requirements. The size for the numbers required to mark commercial vessels was changed from 4 inches to 3 inches in 2016. The crab requirement was overlooked at the time. Three inch numbers and letters are the standard size sold in stores as well as the standard used by the industry.
Comparison to Federal Standards
There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
Estimate of Economic Impact
I. Summary of Economic Impact. The proposed action may benefit the crab processors in Maryland.
Revenue (R+/R-)
II. Types of Economic Impact.
Expenditure (E+/E-)
Magnitude
A. On issuing agency:
NONE
B. On other State agencies:
NONE
C. On local governments:
NONE
Benefit (+) Cost (-)
Magnitude
D. On regulated industries or trade groups:
(1) Letter Height
NONE
None
(2) Import Time Frame
(+)
Indeterminable
E. On other industries or trade groups:
NONE
F. Direct and indirect effects on public:
NONE
III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)
D(1). The change to the letters is for clarification and does not place any burden on licensees.
D(2). Establishing the import time period by public notice each year provides flexibility for the crab processors in Maryland to acquire the necessary product for their businesses. Processors may also use this information to determine when to hire seasonal workers. The impact is indeterminable as the department does not know what the extent of the impact would be on the affected parties.
Economic Impact on Small Businesses
The proposed action has a meaningful economic impact on small business. An analysis of this economic impact follows.
The proposed action may have a positive economic impact for crab processors. Please see the assumptions in the Types of Economic Impact for more information.
Impact on Individuals with Disabilities
The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.
Opportunity for Public Comment
Comments may be sent to Blue Crab Regulations, Regulatory Staff, Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services, 580 Taylor Avenue, B-2, Annapolis, MD 21401, or call 410-260-8300, or email to [email protected], or fax to 410-260-8310. Comments will be accepted through February 20, 2018. The location and time of a public hearing will be determined at a later date.
.08 Egg-Bearing Female Crabs.
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Statement of Purpose
The purpose of this action is to make changes to the commercial crab fishery. Specifically the proposed action modifies the dates for importing sponge crabs and the size of the letters displayed on vessels.
The industry has been asking the Department for flexibility in the dates that sponge crabs are allowed to be imported to Maryland. The department developed management options for the importation of sponge crabs based on feedback received during the May 11, 2017 crab committee meeting and based on conversations with members of the industry over the past few years. The options were discussed at the Blue Crab Industry Advisory Committee meeting September 28, 2017. The committee supported the expansion of the sponge crab importation time frame from 71 days (April 25 - July 5) to 122 days (April 15 - August 15). However, further discussion at the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission meeting October 26, 2017 resulted in the recommendation to keep the time frame to a 71 consecutive day period. The time frame must be between April 10 and July 20, but the specific dates would be adjusted by public notice. This is intended to allow more flexibility for the crab processors in Maryland to acquire the necessary product for their businesses while conserving the resource. The dates would be set by public notice after consultation with the processors and could be modified on an annual basis. The proposed action removes the current dates and establishes the length of the import window, dates that the import window must occur and rules for the public notice.
The proposed action changes the minimum height requirement for the abbreviation of the day off from 4 inches to 3 inches to be consistent with the rest of the commercial marking requirements. The size for the numbers required to mark commercial vessels was changed from 4 inches to 3 inches in 2016. The crab requirement was overlooked at the time. Three inch numbers and letters are the standard size sold in stores as well as the standard used by the industry.
Comparison to Federal Standards
There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
Estimate of Economic Impact
I. Summary of Economic Impact. The proposed action may benefit the crab processors in Maryland.
Revenue (R+/R-)
II. Types of Economic Impact.
Expenditure (E+/E-)
Magnitude
A. On issuing agency:
NONE
B. On other State agencies:
NONE
C. On local governments:
NONE
Benefit (+) Cost (-)
Magnitude
D. On regulated industries or trade groups:
(1) Letter Height
NONE
None
(2) Import Time Frame
(+)
Indeterminable
E. On other industries or trade groups:
NONE
F. Direct and indirect effects on public:
NONE
III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)
D(1). The change to the letters is for clarification and does not place any burden on licensees.
D(2). Establishing the import time period by public notice each year provides flexibility for the crab processors in Maryland to acquire the necessary product for their businesses. Processors may also use this information to determine when to hire seasonal workers. The impact is indeterminable as the department does not know what the extent of the impact would be on the affected parties.
Economic Impact on Small Businesses
The proposed action has a meaningful economic impact on small business. An analysis of this economic impact follows.
The proposed action may have a positive economic impact for crab processors. Please see the assumptions in the Types of Economic Impact for more information.
Impact on Individuals with Disabilities
The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.
Opportunity for Public Comment
Comments may be sent to Blue Crab Regulations, Regulatory Staff, Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services, 580 Taylor Avenue, B-2, Annapolis, MD 21401, or call 410-260-8300, or email to [email protected], or fax to 410-260-8310. Comments will be accepted through February 20, 2018. The location and time of a public hearing will be determined at a later date.
.08 Egg-Bearing Female Crabs.
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2018, 04:56:15 AM »

I hate to tell you guys this but it was Martin O'Malley who outlawed "any" sponge crabs to be imported from anywhere to be transported into Maryland for processing. It was Hogan who reversed it.
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2018, 05:06:25 PM »

This is plain and simple.

 You CAN'T harvest sponge crabs and expect the population to survive.  PERIOD.  A lot of pressure is already put on the crabs and the harvest/destruction of egg bearing females will destroy any recovery plans of the species.  These businesses aren't making enough money now and they want to destroy a culture!  An industry?  To much hard work has been done to TRY to bring back the Bay.  Now that the Bay is on a comeback to support marine life greedy businessmen want to destroy the crab population.  Amazing.

Sorry guys JMO

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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2018, 08:37:53 PM »

Commercial.
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2018, 12:51:28 AM »

This is plain and simple.

 You CAN'T harvest sponge crabs and expect the population to survive.  PERIOD.  A lot of pressure is already put on the crabs and the harvest/destruction of egg bearing females will destroy any recovery plans of the species.  These businesses aren't making enough money now and they want to destroy a culture!  An industry?  To much hard work has been done to TRY to bring back the Bay.  Now that the Bay is on a comeback to support marine life greedy businessmen want to destroy the crab population.  Amazing.
Sorry guys JMO

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What you posted is true. But like Omega, money talks louder then doing the right thing. As a guy who crabs  for fun and makes a meal out of it, I'll just keep on doing what I do.  Can't really worry about something that has been going on for so long.
 With the media now reporting on things that affect the resources, it can make you wonder what the heck .  I thank the media for it's efforts on making public things that most weren't concerned about years ago.  But as long as businesses have to make money, it's status quo as usual.

 Winter is more then half way over, I'm glad for that.
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