Reg. II, Sec. 2(b) Season Dates, Days and Times for Taking or Landing Oysters. The Commission may from time to time and by appropriate Order, specify the oyster season dates, days and times during which oysters may be taken or caught and the manner of such taking or catching. It shall be unlawful to take any oysters in violation of such Order. It shall be unlawful for any person to take or attempt to take or catch oysters on Saturday or Sunday. It shall be unlawful to land or unload oysters earlier than sunrise or later than sunset, or for any buy boat to unload oysters earlier than sunrise or later than sunset at any time.
Reg. II, Sec. 2(c) Interference with Buoys and Markers. It shall be unlawful for any person other than a duly authorized enforcement officer, or agent of the Potomac River Fisheries Commission to move, damage, destroy or deface any Potomac River Fisheries Commission buoy, marker, monument or any scientific devices placed in the waters of the Potomac River, or to fasten, tie or anchor any boat thereto.
Reg. II, Sec. 2(d) Seafood in Polluted Areas. It shall be unlawful for any person to take or catch shellfish in any area closed by the Maryland Department of the Environment or other duly authorized governmental agency, except that oysters and other seafood may be transplanted from such polluted areas during the closed season by the Potomac River Fisheries Commission.
Reg. II, Sec. 2(e) Unlawful Equipment. It shall be unlawful for the owner, captain, master, or any member of the crew of any boat engaged in taking, catching or removing oysters from the Potomac River, or any boat with oysters on board, to have on board such boat, or in tow, or to permit on board or in tow, any dredge or patent tongs, unless said person has a written permit from the Potomac River Fisheries Commission.
Oyster Cull Law
Reg. II, Sec. 2(f)(1) Sizes. It shall be unlawful for any person to take, catch, sell, offer to buy or expose for sale or have in possession oysters which consist of five percent (5%) or more by volume of oyster shells and oysters whose shells measure less than three (3) inches.
Reg. II, Sec. 2(f)(2) Culling Required. All oysters taken from the Potomac River shall be culled at the point where taken by the person or persons taking, catching or removing said oysters. All culling shall be completed and the cull board cleared within fifteen (15) minutes after the lawful time for taking or catching oysters. All oysters required by subsection f (1) to be culled exclusive of cultch, whether attached to an otherwise lawful oyster or not, shall be culled and returned, together with all empty shells, to the rock, bed or shoal whence taken. Whenever any oyster required by subsection f(1) to be culled adheres so closely to an otherwise lawful oyster as to render removal impossible without destroying the unlawful oyster, then such oysters, including the lawful oysters, shall be returned to the rock, bed or shoal whence taken.
Reg. II, Sec. 2(f)(3) Possession. All shells and oysters, once past the culling board, shall be deemed in possession of the licensee.
Reg. II, Sec. 2(f)(4) Inspection. Any duly authorized officer is hereby authorized to examine the cargo, hold, bin, cabin or baskets of oysters and the officer shall take for inspection at least one bushel tub of oysters from any portion of the cargo. For any oysters transferred from the cull board to one or more oyster baskets, the officer may select one or more baskets or oysters, empty the contents of those baskets into either half bushel tubs or a bushel tub, for inspection. Included herein is the right to take for inspection any tub of oysters shoveled during the unloading process.
Reg. II, Sec. 2(g) Concealment of Oysters. It shall be unlawful for any person to conceal any oysters in the shell in a cabin, compartment, locker, cupboard, washboard, or other place on any vessel in the Potomac River where they are not clearly visible and readily accessible for inspection at all times by duly authorized officers of the Potomac River Fisheries Commission. All oysters in the shell found on any vessel in the Potomac River shall at all times be either in a pile or piles on the culling board, or contained in oyster baskets in plain view in the bottom of any vessel, and at no time shall they be placed or deposited on the washboards, or in any other type of basket, box, sack, bag, or other container, unless said person has a written permit from the Commission. No shucked oysters shall be permitted aboard any vessel in the Potomac River licensed under the provisions of these Regulations during the oyster tonging season.
Reg. II, Sec. 2(g)(1) Identification Tags Required. Each basket of oyster harvested from the Potomac River (for Oyster Management Reserve Area, see Reg. VIII, Sec. 7(d)) must be tagged with a completed PRFC issued Wild Shellfish identification tag before leaving the bar from which the oysters were harvested. No basket of oyster harvested from the Potomac River may be removed from the boat without said tag being firmly affixed to the basket. These Wild Shellfish identification tags may be purchased from the PRFC. The identification tag shall stay affixed to the basket until the basket is in possession of a person who is licensed and certified to sell shellfish, in accordance with the tagging requirements of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program Model Ordinance.