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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.

Lobster and Crab Regulations by Area

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Recreational Lobster Regulations

Gulf of Maine Recreational Lobster Area

Minimum Size

31/4”

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 115/16” x 53/4”
or two circular vents of 27/16” in diameter

Bag Limit

15 per day

Outer Cape Cod Recreational Lobster Area

Minimum Size

33/8”

Maximum Size

V-Notched Females –
Definitions

Illegal to harvest female with notch or indentation in base of flipper at least 1/4” deep and tapering to sharp point without setal hairs

Trap Limit

10 Traps

Escape Vent

One rectangular vent 2” x 53/4”
or two circular vents of 2 5/8” in diameter

Bag Limit

15 per day

Southern New England Recreational Lobster Area

Minimum Size

33/8”

Maximum Size

51/4”

V-Notched Females – Definitions

Illegal to harvest female with notch or indentation in base of flipper at least 1/8” deep and tapering to sharp point with or without setal hairs

Trap Limit

10 Traps

Escape Vent

One rectangular vent 2” x 53/4”
or two circular vents of 2 5/8” in diameter

Bag Limit

15 per day

Taking Lobster at Night is Prohibited

Lobster may only be harvested from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 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.

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Blue Crab
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Jonah Crab
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Rock Crab

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 blue) – other regulations are the same as for blue crab

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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