Crab, Blue

Shape

Synonyms

Callinectes sapidus

Edibility

Very good

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 144

  • Additional Notes
    There is no closed season for the recreational harvest of blue crabs. However, you are required to remove your crab traps during any closures such as those for derelict crab trap cleanups, see Derelict Crab Trap Removal page.

    There is no recreational minimum size limit for blue crabs. The recreational possession limit for blue crabs is 12 dozen per person per day.

    Certain WMAs and state and federal refuges may have different possession limits. Consult your local LDWF office.

  • Closed Seasons from December 1st, 2017 to April 30th, 2018
    from December 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    No daily creel limit. Taking of egg-bearing crabs is prohibited.
    Minimum shell width = 5 inches for hard shell (spike tip to spike tip)
    Minimum shell width = 3.5 inches for soft shell (spike tip to spike tip)

  • Additional Notes
    Bag limit = 1 bushel
    Peeler size limit = 3 in
    Soft-shell size limit = 3.5 in
    Hard-shell size limit = 5 in
    Pots allowed March 1 - November 30; other gears year around.

  • Measurements Min Size: 4.5 in Carapace Width

  • Additional Notes
    Recreational limit = 1 bushel
    Min size peeler = 3 inches
    Min size soft shell = 3.5 inches
    Minimum size hard shell = 4.5 inches
    Crab pot/Trot line season Delaware Bay & tributaries April 6 - December 4.
    Crab pot/Trot line season all other waters March 15 - November 30.

  • Gear Crab Harvesting

  • Additional Notes
    Bag limit: 10 gallons whole crabs per person. Harvest of eggbearing crabs is prohibited.
    Maximum of 5 crabs traps per person. Traps must be pulled manually during daylight hours.
    See MyFWC.com for complete regulations, including regional trap closures and other trapping rules.

  • Gear Crab Harvesting

  • Additional Notes
    Bag limit: 10 gallons whole crabs per person. Harvest of eggbearing crabs is prohibited.
    Maximum of 5 crabs traps per person. Traps must be pulled manually during daylight hours.
    See MyFWC.com for complete regulations, including regional trap closures and other trapping rules.

  • Bag Limit 50

  • Measurements Min Size: 4.5 in Carapace Width

  • Additional Notes
    Hard shell minimum size = 4.5 in Soft shell min size = 3.5 in Peeler min size = 3 in Open season all year. Crabs with visible eggs may not be taken or possessed.

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