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Sorry folks, I did miss the clarification he gave...here is his response to my question.
"It is illegal for individuals to harvest them. You need to have a commercial license to harvest them."
So its okay to harvest females with a commercial license.
Again, sorry for the confusion.
I'm rather sorry that my post was confusing, but the regulation is confusing.
* No females can be harvested by recreational crabbers in the Chesapeake.
* Commercial crabbers have catch limits on females, but no size limits.
* Ocean side Bays have no limits on females.
I never try to figure out the rational with fishing rules--too many politics--it's enough for me to simply keep the facts straight. I can tell you that DNR stops of recreational crabbers are very common in some parts of the Bay--I see them weekly is Deale.
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