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« on: July 07, 2020, 07:02:10 PM »

First time crabbing in N.J.. A ďrangerĒ told me you canít keep them no matter the size? Is this law? Just want to confirm. Canít find the actual regulations specifying this on a quick google search.I know you canít keep females with sponge or crabs less than 4.5Ē.
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2020, 07:38:26 PM »

You can keep females as long as they do not have eggs attached.  4-1/2" minimum for hard crabs, female or male.  You're about to get hammered for asking if it's okay to keep female crabs. all I know is that the marine biologists who know a lot more than I know have decided that keeping the females isn't harming the population.  I keep the females.

https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/non-comm_crabpot_regs.pdf
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2020, 07:50:53 PM »

Thatís what I thought since I canít find the law. I read the regulation found online which didnít mention anything about females.

Recreational crabber vs commercial crabber who is destroying the crab population? As with anything else if you can pay you can destroy.
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2020, 07:58:12 PM »

The rules are (unless they have recently changed) is that you can keep all female crabs that meet the size minimum as long as they don't have egg sacks on them. Me personally, I don't keep any females.  
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2020, 11:23:18 AM »

Simple.  They are legal without an egg sack attached and over NJ size limits.  3.0" shedders  3.5" soft shell crabs and 4.5 inch hard shell.

If legal you decide what to keep or not to keep   It's  up to you.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2020, 11:38:02 AM »

I'll buy that ranger a beer.
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2020, 01:20:48 PM »

Thanks for the information. Itís an ethical/moral decision; no law/regulation to back it up.
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