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owned and lawfully operated under the laws in effect January 1st, 1929,
until the above date, and the present laws regulating the size of mesh
shall continue in force until the 31st of December, 1931. Nothing in the
foregoing provisions of this section limiting the size of mesh shall apply to
the catching of eels.
1929, ch. 471, sec. 43.
49. (Removal of Stakes and Nets.) It shall be unlawful to permit or
allow to remain in the waters any stakes or nets after the close of the fish-
ing season or at other times when this Article prohibits stakes and nets
to be placed, but all nets must be removed at the end of the season and all
stakes must be removed within ten days thereafter.
1929, ch. 471, sec. 44.
50. (Emptying Seines.) It shall be unlawful for any person to empty
his seine upon the shore or beach so as to leave the small fish to perish, or
in any water less than 12 inches deep, but he shall at all times empty
same in waters, of sufficient depth to enable the smaller fish to return to
the waters for growth and maturity.
1929, ch. 471, sec. 45. .
51. (Chesapeake Bay.) It shall be unlawful for any person to use nets
of any kind in the waters in that part of the Chesapeake Bay which lies
between a straight line drawn from Drum Point Lighthouse in Calvert
County to Hog Island in St. Mary's County, and a straight line drawn
from Cove Point Lighthouse in Calvert County to Cedar Point Light-
house in St. Mary's County, nearer than 500 yards in every direction from
any other net, or any net of a total length of more than 175 yards includ-
ing the leaders or hedges or wings thereof, or at a greater distance than
one-fourth the distance across the waters above mentioned at low water
mark on either side.
1929, ch. 471, sec. 46. 1933, ch. 512. 1936 (Sp. Sess.), ch. 119.
52. (Head of Bay.) The use of pound nets or stake nets shall be pro-
hibited in the head waters of the Chesapeake Bay hereinafter defined,
except not to exceed 800 yards from the natural shore line in Cecil County
and except the bay shore of Kent County up to Howell's Point, and except
on the west side of the Bay from Pooles Island north to one-half mile north
of Spesutia Island, not to exceed 800 yards from the shore. For the purpose
of this section the head waters of the Chesapeake Bay shall be defined as
follows: All waters embraced in the area marked by the following line,
viz: Beginning at Concord Point and running in a northeasterly direc-
tion, crossing Susquehanna River to Stump Point, thence to Carpenter's
Point, thence to Turkey Point, thence to Grove Point, all in Cecil County,
thence to Howell's Point, Kent County, continuing in a straight line from
Howell's Point in a southwesterly direction across said Bay to Abbey Point,
the northernmost point at the entrance of Bush River, thence northerly by a
line following the bay shore of Harford County to Mulberry Point, thence
to Bear Point, Sandy Point, and to Locust Point on Spesutia Island,
thence to the southernmost point at the entrance of Swan Creek, and thence
crossing Swan Creek and continuing in a northerly direction following the
bay shore to Concord Point, the place of beginning.