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365 Day Recreational Crabbing License

Statewide License

Recreational crabbing license for the state of Maryland. Required for individuals using certain gear or catching more than a certain amount of crabs in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. No license is required to crab in the Atlantic Ocean, coastal bays, and their tributaries. 

Required for anyone who uses the following gear: 

1) Trotline

2) Collapsible crab traps

3) Net rings

4) Seines

5) Eel pots for own bait. 

Additionally, anyone who uses other legal gear to catch more than the following quantities of crabs must obtain a recreational crabbing license: 

1) More than 2 dozen male hard crabs (max limit: 1 bushel) OR 

2) More than 1 dozen soft crabs or male peeler crabs (max limit: 2 dozen). 

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Valid for 1 year Revised : No Date
Immediately Approval time
$2-$10 Application cost
5-10 mins Average completion time

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Who issues the license?

Department of Natural Resources
dnr.maryland.gov

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Address: 580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401

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