So I was reading the shellfish regulations and found a crab fishing reg I had not previously known about.
it states that:
Once a bag limit is removed from a pot,it may not be returned to the water containing any live crab.
What we have done before is pull both of my pots with only two of us on my boat. We had 25 legal crabs but a limit of 5 each. knowing I would have 3 people on the boat the next day we rebaited the pot and sent the excess legal crabs back down in the pot for the next days pick.
So was I in the wrong or is this regulation new?
Also what is the real point of this regulation? I suppose it keeps me from returning later the same day for another pick. Then again on the day mentioned earlier that was on a 4-5 hour soak so I suppose we could have returned anyway and expected a good number of crabs as well from a second illegal pick .
Anybody have any knowledge on this?