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Shellfish & Crab Information

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License and Agents

Shellfish License Information

A shellfish license (formerly called clamming) is required for harvesting all species of benthic mollusks (except conchs, addressed in the commercial marine fisheries regulations), including, but not limited to, hard and soft clams, surf clams, oysters, bay scallops and mussels. Other specific commercial shellfish licenses exist such as surf clam dredge, Delaware Bay oyster dredge boat and Delaware Bay licenses to harvest in Areas 1, 2 and 3.

Anyone engaged in any shellfish harvesting activity with someone holding a commercial shellfish license must also possess their own commercial shellfish license.

The resident senior citizen shellfish license is a lifetime license.

For shellfishing regulations, see Mollusks & Crustaceans. Prior to harvesting any shellfish, be certain to consult the Shellfish Growing Water Classification Charts published by DEP’s Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring, available at shellfish license agents, state shellfish offices, online at http://www.nj.gov/dep/bmw/waterclass.htm or call the Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring at (609) 748-2000. Shellfish licenses are available for purchase online at www.NJ.WildlifeLicense.com.

Shellfish License Fees

  • Resident recreational shellfish:$10
    Harvest limit of 150 shellfish (in aggregate) per day. Sale of catch prohibited.
  • Non-resident recreational shellfish: $20
    Harvest limit of 150 shellfish (in aggregate) per day. Sale of catch prohibited. License valid only during the months of June, July, August and September.
  • Juvenile recreational shellfish: $2
    For persons under 14 years of age. Subject to same restrictions as resident or nonresident adult recreational license holders.
  • Resident commercial shellfish: $50
    Unlimited harvest. Shellfish may be sold only to certified dealers.
  • Non-resident Commercial Shellfish: $250
    Unlimited harvest. Shellfish may be sold to certified dealers only.
  • Resident senior citizen recreational shellfish license: FREE ($2 application fee). NJ residents age 62 years or older. Harvest limit, 150 shellfish (in aggregate) per day. Sale of shellfish prohibited.
  • Disabled veterans: Fish and Wildlife-certified disabled veterans are eligible for free shellfish license at any shellfish license agent location. To become certified, call (609) 984-6213.

Crab Pot License Information

Crab Pot licenses are available at all agent locations: Recreational Crab Pot/Trot Line Licenses and Non-Commercial Crab Dredge Licenses are available for purchase online at: www.NJ.WildlifeLicense.comor at any Fish and Wildlife-certified license agent including those license agents listed below. For the most current list of Fish and Wildlife-certified license agents, go to NJFishandWildlife.com/agentlst.htm.

  • Recreational crab pot/trot line license: $2
    Harvest limit of one bushel per day. Refer to the shellfish regulations for all recreational crabbing regulations.
  • Non-commercial crab dredge license: $15
    Harvest limit of one bushel per day during the crab dredge season. See Mollusks & Crustaceans for all recreational crab regulations.

Terrapin Excluders and Biodegradable Panels Are Required on Chesapeake-Style Crab Pots

Users of non-collapsible, Chesapeake-style crab pots should know that all pots set in any body of water less than 150-feet wide at mean low tide or in any manmade lagoon MUST include diamondback terrapin excluder devices. In addition, all non-collapsible, Chesapeake-style crab pots set in any body of water MUST include biodegradable panels.

These crab pot modifications will help reduce the unintentional drowning of terrapins and allow for ­escapement of these and other species in the event that pots are lost or abandoned. Terrapin excluder devices must be no larger than 2-inch high by 6-inch wide and securely ­fastened inside each funnel entrance. Biodegradable panels must measure at least 6½-inch wide by 5-inch high and be located in the upper section of the crab pot. The panel must be constructed of, or fastened to the pot with wood lath, ­cotton, hemp, sisal or jute twine not greater than 316” diameter, or non-stainless steel, uncoated ferrous metal not greater than 332” diameter. The door or a side of the pot may serve as the biodegradable panel ONLY if it is fastened to the pot with any of the material specified above. Crabbers should be aware that ALL non-­collapsible, Chesapeake-style crab pots MUST be licensed and marked with the gear ­identification number of the owner. For crab pot license information and ­regulations, see the regulations on Mollusks & Crustaceans and license agents below.

Shellfish and Non-Commercial Crab Pot License Agents (For over-the-counter sales only.)

ATLANTIC COUNTY

Egg Harbor True Value, 208 N. Philadelphia Ave., Egg Harbor City (609) 965-0815

Fish Finder Marina, 3645 Atlantic-Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine (609) 457-5384

NJ Div. Fish and Wildlife, 360 Rt. 9 N (milepost 51), Port Republic (609) 748-2021

Zeus Sporting Goods, 6679 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp. (609) 646-1668

CAMDEN COUNTY

Towne News, 81 So. Whitehorse Pike, Berlin (856) 768-9132

CAPE MAY COUNTY

Avalon Hodge Podge, 2389 Ocean Dr., Avalon (609) 967-3274

Belleplain Supply, 346 Handsmill Rd., Belleplain (609) 861-2345

Budd’s Bait & Tackle, 109 Fulling Mill Rd., Villas (609) 886-6935

City of Ocean City, 861 Asbury Ave., Ocean City (609) 525-9328

Just Sports, 21 Mechanic St., Cape May Court House (609) 465-6171

Sea Isle Bait & Tackle, 4200 Park Rd., Sea Isle City (609) 263-6540

Smuggler’s Cove, 370 83rd St., Stone Harbor (609) 368-1700

Sterling Harbor Bait & Tackle, 1020 W. Rio Grande Ave., Wildwood (609) 729-1425

Two Chums Bait, Tackle and Boat, 375 – 43rd Pl., Sea Isle City (609) 263-2486

Upper Township, 2100 Tuckahoe Rd., Tuckahoe (609) 628-2805

Wal*Mart, 3159 Rt. 9S, Rio Grande (609) 465-7760

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

Beaver Dam Boat Rentals, 514 Old Beaver Dam Rd, Newport (856) 447-3633

Delaware Bay Office, 1672 E. Buckshutem Rd., Millville (856) 785-0730

Shire Products, 389 S. Lincoln Ave., Vineland (856) 692-3646

GLOUCESTER COUNTY

Sportsman’s Outpost, 2517 Fries Mill Rd., Williamstown (856) 881-3244

HUDSON COUNTY

Caso’s Gun-A-Rama, 176 Danforth Ave., Jersey City (201) 435-5099

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

Auto Parts of Woodbridge, 108 Main St., Woodbridge (732) 634-6264

Sayreville Sportsman Shop, 52 Washington Ave., Sayreville (732) 238-2060

MONMOUTH COUNTY

Brielle Bait & Tackle, 800 Ashley Ave., Brielle (732) 528-5720

L & H Woods and Water, 2045 Rt. 35, Wall (732) 282-1812

The Bait Shop, 57 Main St., Bradley Beach (732) 361-8500

OCEAN COUNTY

American Sportsman, 857 Mill Creek Rd., Manahawkin (609) 597-4104

Bob Kislin’s, 1214 Rt. 37 East, Toms River (732) 929-9300

Creekside Outfitters, 403 Rt. 9, Waretown (609) 242-1812

Downes Marina, 287 Brennan Concourse, Bayville (732) 269-0137

Fish Bonz Bait & Tackle, 103 Lacey Rd., Forked River (609) 971-2928

Grizz’s Forked River B & T, 232 N. Main St., Forked River (609) 693-9298

Pell’s Fish & Sport Shop, 335 Mantoloking Rd., Bricktown (732) 477-2121

Pineland Sporting Goods, 959 W. Veterans Hwy., Jackson (732) 961-7248

Surf City Bait & Tackle, 317 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City (609) 494-2333

Tip’s Hardware, 218 Main St., West Creek (609) 296-3192

West Creek Bait & Tackle, 387 Rt. 9, West Creek (609) 857-3516

Passaic COUNTY

Fins & Furs Bait Shop, 2727 Rt. 23, Newfoundland (973) 545-2336

SOMERSET COUNTY

Efinger Sporting Goods, 513 W. Union Ave., Bound Brook (732) 356-0604

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