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Recreational Lobster Regulations

All Areas

Trap Limit With trap endorsement, may fish 10 traps per household.
Bag Limit 15 lobsters per day. Lobsters may be stored and retrieved in excess of this limit, provided fishing activity is not occurring.
Night fishing No trap fishing ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.
Egg Bearing Females It is unlawful to possess or land any lobster that is egg bearing, from which eggs have been forcibly removed, or that has come in contact with any substance capable of removing eggs.
V-Notch It is unlawful to possess or land any female lobster that bears a v-shaped notch or indentation on the base of the tail flipper to the right of the center flipper that is 1⁄8″ or deeper with or without setal hairs.
Prohibited Gears It is unlawful to possess or land any lobster taken by spear gun, pole spear, or other device that pierces the shell as means of harvest; by dipping or dipnet; by star trap or any trap that is fished in an open configuration until retrieved; by dragging or the use of any hauled nets or dredges; or snaring and poles with loops.

Gulf of Maine Recreational Lobster Area

Minimum Size 314
Maximum Size 5
Escape Vent One rectangular vent 11516” x 534
or two circular vents of 2716” in diameter

Outer Cape Cod Recreational Lobster Area

Minimum Size 338
Maximum Size
Escape Vent One rectangular vent 2″ x 534
or two circular vents of 258” in diameter

Southern New England Recreational Lobster Area

Minimum Size 338
Maximum Size 514
Escape Vent One rectangular vent 2″ x 534
or two circular vents of 258” in diameter

Recreational Crab Regulations

Minimum Size

Possession Limit

Closed Season

Egg Bearing

Night Fishing

Blue Crabs 5” shell width 25 crabs January 1 – April 30 Prohibited No tending or hauling traps ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise. Use of non-trap gears is allowed at night.

Other Edible Crabs (not including green crabs)

No size requirement 50 edible crabs combined and not to exceed 25 blue crabs. January 1 – April 30 Prohibited No tending or hauling traps ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise. Use of non-trap gears is allowed at night.

Crab Idenification