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Recreational Lobster & Crab Regulations

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Recreational Lobster Regulations

Gulf of Maine Recreational Lobster Area

Minimum Size

3-14

Maximum Size

5

V-Notched Females – Definitions

“Zero-Tolerance” – Illegal to harvest female with V-shaped notch of any size with or without setal hairs

Trap Limit

10 Traps

Escape Vent

One rectangular vent 11-516” x 5-34” or two circular vents of 2-716” in diameter

BagLimit

15 per day

Outer Cape Cod Recreational Lobster Area

Minimum Size

3-38

Maximum Size

V-Notched Females – Definitions

Illegal to harvest female with notch or indentation in base of flipper at least 14” deep and tapering to sharp point without setal hairs

Trap Limit

10 Traps

Escape Vent

One rectangular vent 2″ x 5-34” or two circular vents of 2 58” in diameter

Bag Limit

15 per day

Southern New England Recreational Lobster Area

Minimum Size

3-38

Maximum Size

5-14

V-Notched Females – Definitions

Illegal to harvest female with notch or indentation in base of flipper at least 18” deep with or without setal hairs

Trap Limit

10 Traps

Escape Vent

One rectangular vent 2″ x 5-34” or two circular vents of 2-58” in diameter

Bag Limit

15 per day

 

Taking Lobster at Night is Prohibited

Lobster may only be harvested from 12 hour before sunrise to 12 hour after sunset.

Egg-Bearing Females

It is unlawful to take or possess any egg-bearing female lobster.

It is unlawful to land or possess any lobster:

1. from which eggs have been removed, or…

2. that has come in contact with any substance capable of removing lobster eggs.

Recreational Crab Regulations

Species

Blue Crab

Other Edible Crabs
(excludes Green Crabs)

Minimum Size

5″ shell width (spine to spine)

None

Other Regulations

Egg-bearers cannot be taken; 25 crabs/day; no permit required unless using traps or SCUBA; closed season is Jan. 1 – Apr. 30, inclusive

50 crabs total per day (including up to 25 blue) – other regulations are the same as for blue crab

 

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Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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