Crab pots allowed in Ocean Pines canals, DNR says
OCEAN PINES, Md. – The Department of Natural Resources says commercial and private crab pots are permitted in Ocean Pines canals.
We’re told the only restrictions for crab pots are in the Yacht Club Marina area.
DNR’s regulation unit said, “Commercial watermen are allowed to fish in tidal waters. So, aside from those channels, water less than four feet at mean low tide, and upstream of these non-tidal lines, they can use crab pots” in Worcester and Wicomico counties, the Pocomoke River bridge on Whiton Crossing three miles south of Powellville, the Wicomico River from Isabella Street in Salisbury, the Beaverdam Creek dam just upstream of U.S. Route 13, Nassawango Creek from Furnace Road, and Barren Creek from the U.S. Route 50 Bridge. Anyone who owns waterfront property (or their tenant/guest) can set their two pots (maximum of two pots per property) in the Ocean Pines canals, as well as the commercial pots, because there is nothing preventing anyone from doing that now.”
Officials say the one caveat for placing a crab pot is that the person placing the pot(s) must own the waterfront. If the waterfront is owned by the HOA, the adjacent property owner, tenant, or guest is not allowed to set pots. For nonresidents, property owners, tenants, and guests on a waterfront property can set pots just the same as residents.
In addition, the water must be at least four feet deep at mean low tide.