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NRP Reminds Maryland’s Recreational Crabbers To Comply With Conservation Laws

Maryland’s blue crab season officially opens April 1 in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries and the Atlantic Ocean and coastal bays. With the opening of a new season comes an increased presence by Natural Resources Police (NRP) officers to educate the public and enforce laws pertaining to crabbing, particularly with recreational crabbers and owners of private shorelines.

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“While Marylanders are looking forward to the opening of blue crab season, it’s important to stay in compliance with current laws and regulations,” Brian Rathgeb, Acting Deputy Superintendentof the NRP said. “Whether you are crabbing from your dock or elsewhere, remember that NRP officers will be actively enforcing all crabbing laws and regulations including crab pot turtle reduction devices, proper markings, and owner’s proper licensing and registrations.”

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