|(a) General rules.
(1) A person who has on board or displays a commercial bait-shrimp
boat license must operate only under the bait-shrimp rules of this section.
(2) Open waters: commercial bait shrimp boats may shrimp only
in bait bays and major bays, except as otherwise provided in this subchapter.
(3) It is unlawful for any person:
(A) aboard a vessel licensed as a commercial bait-shrimp boat
to off-load, transfer, sell, or barter any amount of live or dead shrimp,
except an amount of live or dead shrimp not to exceed two quarts per sport
fisherman or one gallon (by volume) for two or more sport fishermen may be
off-loaded, transferred, sold or bartered to a person aboard a sport fishing
(B) aboard a vessel to off-load, transfer, purchase, or barter
from a person aboard a vessel licensed as a commercial bait-shrimp boat any
amount of live or dead shrimp, except a person aboard a sport fishing vessel
may off-load, transfer, purchase, or barter an amount of live or dead shrimp
not to exceed two quarts per sport fisherman or one gallon (by volume) for
two or more sport fishermen.
(b) Commercial bait-shrimp season.
(1) Commercial bait-shrimp season is open year-round.
(2) Legal shrimping hours.
(A) From August 15 through March 31 legal shrimping hours are
30 minutes before sunrise 30 minutes after sunset.
(B) From April 1 through August 14 legal shrimping hours are
30 minutes before sunrise to 2:00 p.m.
(C) In the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway between markers 17 and
57 in the Laguna Madre in Nueces County, bait-shrimp may be taken only from
1:00 a.m. to 30 minutes before sunrise each day.
(c) Bag and possession limits.
(1) No more than 200 pounds of whole shrimp per day may be
taken or possessed on board.
(2) At least 50% of the on-board catch must be kept in a live
condition, except during the period August 16 through November 14.
(3) All shrimp on board must have heads attached.
(d) Size limits Size limits: Shrimp of any size may be retained
when caught lawfully during commercial bait-shrimp operations in inside waters.
(e) Net restrictions.
(1) Try nets.
(A) A trawl used as a try net may not exceed 12 feet in total
(B) Try net trawl doors or boards may not exceed 450 square
(C) A beam trawl used as a try net may not exceed five feet
(2) Main trawl:
(A) must have doors at least three feet long as measured along
the door centerline from leading tip to the trailing edge of the door; and
(B) must not exceed any of the following dimensions, as measured
along an uninterrupted corkline from leading tip of door to leading tip of
door including any and all add-on devices or attachments to the corkline:
(C) A beam trawl used as a main trawl may not exceed 25 feet
in total width.
(3) Mesh size may not be less than 6 1/2 inches in length between
the two most widely separated knots in any consecutive series of five stretched
meshes after the trawl has been placed in use.
(4) In the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway between markers 17 and
57 (as indicated on the most current United States Coastal Survey Charts on
the effective date of these rules) in the Laguna Madre in Nueces County, bait-shrimp
may be taken with a legal beam trawl only.