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Green Crab Traps Legal?

post #1 of 19
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So those tatog are coming soon....Last year to get bait I walked along the shore, rolled over some rocks and scooped up green crabs as bait. As that I am lazy and some of those rocks are heavy, I looked online for green crab traps. I found one. From what I read from the link below, it sounds like green crabs are not edible crabs and can be taken by a trap. Does anybody have any experiences that suggest that I'm correct/incorrect? http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dmf/comme...m#lob_prohibit thanks in advance
post #2 of 19
As long as you are not selling them as bait then i believe there's no problem.
post #3 of 19
You can take all the green crabs you want as they are in invasive species. But to sell them you need a bait license.
post #4 of 19
Man I miss "blackfishing". Tog to you guys up here . . . My guess is that they don't come up as far as Cape Ann Ipswich and the Merrimack R. . . . what a pity. Best tasting fish and one of the toughest to hook. Always admired those jetty jockeys who targeted blackfish. They would scramble around the rocks of the jetties on Long Island find a few crabs, drop their lines practically into the jetty and bingo they would be in business.
post #5 of 19
hi everyone, recently, my uncle was issued a warning from the environmental police guys, and they said they need a letter of authorization to catch green crabs. they even had their picture taken.

so i decided to look into this by emailing the marine fisheries people (excuse my lax terminology). they said green crabs are alright to catch, as long as you have the letter of authorization on you. the letters are free and takes about 3 days to get issued to you.

i'm prepping for the blackfish as well, and I have my letter already. if anyone is interested, the email for the contact person is below:

Jeanne Shaw
jeanne.shaw@state.ma.us

Very nice person, and very informative about any of the regulations and such like that.
post #6 of 19
I wonder why they need a letter if there are no restrictions, and it's free? Seems like a waste of time for everyone involved. Do you think they're trying to see how many people apply, so they can look at the feasibility of installing a permit system?
post #7 of 19
i really don't know what the plan is, if it saves me from being cited and lets be catch that blackfish, I'll comply, but at the end of the year, they send you a catch report form to fill out, basically how many pounds or bushels per month

yeah, it really is free, i got mine back in october 2008, and as far as I know, i havent received a bill or anything, just that catch report form

although, there is that fee going into place in 2011 i think for salt water anglers, something like $15-$25 annually.

http://law.justia.com/massachusetts/...c/130-37a.html

Chapter 130 — Section 37A. Green crabs.

Section 37A. Any person may take green crabs, more specifically known as the species Carcinides Maenas, provided, that such person (a) gives written notice to such effect to the director, (b) marks all traps, gear and buoys in a uniform manner in accordance with requirements set forth by said director, and (c) files an annual report with the director setting forth the approximate number of bushels of said crabs taken each month of the year and whether such crabs were destroyed or used for bait purposes in the commonwealth. Any person subject to the provisions of this section shall comply with regulations which the director is hereby authorized to promulgate from time to time.
post #8 of 19
Wow - live and learn I guess . . . who wudah thunk Diodati was interested in Green Crabs too? guess they are prospecting for another revenue stream wherever they can get it . . .
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by ibe333333 View Post
hi everyone, recently, my uncle was issued a warning from the environmental police guys, and they said they need a letter of authorization to catch green crabs. they even had their picture taken.

so i decided to look into this by emailing the marine fisheries people (excuse my lax terminology). they said green crabs are alright to catch, as long as you have the letter of authorization on you. the letters are free and takes about 3 days to get issued to you.

i'm prepping for the blackfish as well, and I have my letter already. if anyone is interested, the email for the contact person is below:

Jeanne Shaw
jeanne.shaw@state.ma.us

Very nice person, and very informative about any of the regulations and such like that.



Thanks
post #10 of 19
Thanks to this thread, I am now a legal green crab trapper.

I looked online, and then made a trap out of scraps and $5 worth of rope and a gutter downspout fixture. I tried out the trap at Nut Island, got two crabs, and I'm off to the Canal tonight. Thanks to all for the info.
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post #11 of 19
I bet one of my shrimp pots would knock the s**t out of 'em







this pot folds flat for storage











this one doesn't fold



post #12 of 19
dang those shrimps look delish
post #13 of 19
I must pull up at least 20 in my quahog rake every time I dig.

According to the town regs, I think I'm supposed to be placing them on shore above the high water mark. Which seems odd--I can do that and kill them, but to take them for tautog bait I'd need letter of authorization
post #14 of 19


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dang those shrimps look delish














My buddy holding a couple for the hero shot!



post #15 of 19

General Laws of Massachusetts - Chapter 130 Marine Fish and Fisheries.

Section 37A. Any person may take green crabs, more specifically known as the species Carcinides Maenas, provided, that such person (a) gives written notice to such effect to the director, (b) marks all traps, gear and buoys in a uniform manner in accordance with requirements set forth by said director, and (c) files an annual report with the director setting forth the approximate number of bushels of said crabs taken each month of the year and whether such crabs were destroyed or used for bait purposes in the commonwealth. Any person subject to the provisions of this section shall comply with regulations which the director is hereby authorized to promulgate from time to time.

 

THERE IS NOTHING IN THE SECTION ABOUT GREEN CRABS THAT SAYS WE NEED A LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION, JUST THAT WE HAVE TO NOTIFY THEM IN WRITING - EMAIL THEM AND KEEP A COPY OF YOUR EMAIL.  I EMAILED THEM (JEANNE NO LONGER TAKES CARE OF IT.) AND DID NOT GET A RESPONSE YET.  I'LL LET YOU KNOW IF I RUN INTO TROUBLE FOR NOT HAVING MORE THAT MY OWN NOTIFICATION.

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