Rules and Regulations:
The most important rule is to obey our Maryland Natural Resource Law:
NR 4 505: Removing fish, nets, or gear of another prohibited. A person may not molest, disturb, destroy, or catch and carry away fish belonging to another person from any boat, live box, crab pot, trot line, or the pocket or crib of any pound net or enclosed or gilled in any fish net of any kind, or take or carry away any net or gear belonging to another person used in catching fish.
You NEED TO RECOGNIZE a live crab pot or eel trap from an abandoned one.
Commercial crabbing is still in effect in our bays during this event. This video will help you understand live crab pots (which you CANNOT TOUCH) and ghost pots (which you can collect)
We treasure our watermen and they are an important economical component in our coastal bays, so it is crucial that you respect and do not tamper with any live gear. Should you have any questions while you are collecting trash, please call us or text a picture while you are out on the water to confirm you are not tampering with live gear, 443-783-5293.
The second most important rule is to stay safe. Boaters will be provided with a few items (while supplies last) to retrieve debris which we would like to have returned:
- Pole with a hook
- Dip Net
- 5 Gallon Bucket
- 1 pair of hearty gloves
- Clipboard and Pens and paperwork to document your loot.
- Safety Vests
You will also be provided with burlap bags to place your trash in, masks for the event.
Land Lubbers will be provided Burlap Bags, disposable gloves, masks, and safety vests. We would appreciate the vests back. You can record your loot on your cell phone to the data collection form, or we will be more than happy to provide you with paperwork and a clipboard.
Retrieving debris on water or land can be a little treacherous. In the event you find debris that is difficult to retrieve, document the coordinates and we will attempt to find a better equipped source, at a later date, to retrieve what is too difficult to pull.
Here is a blog that explains ghost pots and their impact on our waterways
The most important rule is to have fun and feel great about participating in an event to reduce debris in our waterways!
Once you have completed your clean up, bring your loot either by boat or by land to the weigh in located at the West Ocean City Public Boat Ramp off of Golf Course Road. There are several boat slips that will allow you to pull up temporarily while volunteers will grab your loot, paperwork, supplies and retrieve your event shirts you requested in your registration.
Captain Jack Sparrow will be on hand to entertain you while our volunteers are working to unload your loot and provide your shirts.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.