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« on: August 14, 2014, 08:59:22 PM »

In my state (Florida) the commercial regulation for blue crab harvesting is 5" minimum, however, there is no size minimum regulation for recreational crabbing - and the same is true for Louisiana.

Alabama, Mississippi and Texas have a 5" minimum size regulation for commercial AND recreational blue crabbing (as well as Georgia).

In my opinion, it is senseless for recreational crabbers to harvest blue crabs less than 5" for consumption -for their yield blue crabs less than 5" aren't worth the effort of preparation for consumption. And the harvesting of juvenile blue crabs (less than 5") only depletes the population of future sexually-mature breeding crabs as well as future 5" or + harvestable crabs for consumption.

I don't appreciate or understand the variances in size minimum regulations commercial vs. recreational and the differences from one southeastern state to the next.

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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2014, 10:59:05 PM »

Maybe they feel some ppl cant catch crabs over 5" and they dont want ppl to go home with nothing. Maybe ppl in FL have tiny hands and lil fingers and can pick small crabs. Lol

Personally I think it should be 51/4" all year long everywhere. Anything under 51/2" goes back in the water in my boat but all states have different views on the blue crab stock. Luckily in the great state of MD crabs are big enough I can just keep all the 7"+ crabs and eat them myself.  Cool
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2014, 09:07:35 PM »

Personally, if the size limit is set in place to protect the species, all who are harvesting the species should be held to the same standard.  We see the same issue with fluke/flounder in nj.  Summer rec is 18", summer commercial is 14".  Why? I've caught a lot of 14-17" flounder this year but I can assure you that my harvest over the next 10 years is no where near what a commercial net can catch in a week.  So I ask, why can't I keep that healthy 15-16" fish for my dinner when I can go to the seafood place and buy a 14" filet?  Call your local politician, hold your breath, and you might cause this to change. 
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2014, 12:26:18 PM »

Commercial crab minimums in NJ for crabs is 4.75".    It's 4.5" for recs.
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2014, 02:57:37 PM »

Can't imagine anyone wanting a 4.75'' crab. Let alone a 4.5'' crab!!! Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2014, 06:06:54 PM »

Can't imagine anyone wanting a 4.75'' crab. Let alone a 4.5'' crab!!! :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\

At this point i figured you would be happy with a 4" crab right about now.. Lol

Crabs are there now!! Go get them!!
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2014, 06:30:14 AM »

I'll be happy with 4" crab but happier with 4.5" crabs too.
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