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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
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Below is content from the 2013 guide.

V-Notching Regulations

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What is a V-Notch?

A “v-notch” is a mark on the tail flipper of a female lobster that was put there by a commercial lobsterman as a means to identify and protect a known breeder in the population from harvest.

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Commercial lobstermen make a v-notch in the tail flippers of egg-bearing female lobsters they encounter while fishing. The
v-notch remains in the female’s flipper after she has hatched her eggs which protects her from harvest through additional molts.

V-Notching History

The practice of v-notching, as a means of protecting local broodstock, originated in Maine and dates back to the early 1900s.

Which Flipper is Notched?

The tail flipper immediately to the right of the middle flipper, when the lobster is examined with the underside of the lobster down and its tail is toward the person making the determination.

Recreational Lobster/Crab Permit holders are not required to v-notch egg-bearing female lobsters.

Mutilation

It is illegal to possess any female lobster in which the v-notch flipper is mutilated in a manner which could hide, obscure, or obliterate such a mark.

Below: Newly v-notched lobster and additional pictures of the v-notched lobster before and after it underwent two successive molts. Note that changes occurred even before the lobster molted.

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After Notching
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Prior to 1st Molt
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After 1st Molt
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After 2nd Molt

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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