Crab limits

AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Marine Resources is proposing new rules for Jonah crab. In accordance with the August 2015 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Jonah Crab, the department is initiating proposed rulemaking which will implement size and possession limits for Jonah crabs.

These new requirements set a minimum size of 4.75 inches, make it unlawful to possess egg-bearing, female Jonah crabs, make it unlawful to possess mutilated Jonah crabs on board a vessel and make it unlawful for recreational possession of more than 50 Jonah crabs per person per 24-hour day. In addition, the proposed rulemaking consolidates three pre-existing regional/seasonal limits on crab under the new crab section.

A hearing on the proposed rule is set for Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at the DMR offices in Augusta. Contact Hannah Dean at 624-6573 or [email protected].

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