To catch or collect any fish, including shellfish, a valid B.C. Tidal Waters Sport Fishing License is necessary. Each individual in possession of a valid licence may fish with a maximum of two crab traps or rings (or a mix of both). A crab trap is defined as a floating device used for catching crabs.
In British Columbia, the season for harvesting blue crabs opens on the first day of May and closes on the last day of October. The total allowable harvest is limited to 150 percent of the annual catch limit. This means that the total number of crabs that can be harvested during the season cannot exceed 300 per person.
The gear used to catch crabs includes various types of pots, traps, and jigs. Only hand-held devices are allowed in British Columbia; no crabbers are permitted to use motorboats or other forms of propulsion.
Crabbing is legal in British Columbia only if you have a valid license. If you do not have a licence but still want to go crabbing, contact a local fishing guide company. They will be able to help you locate unlicensed areas where you can go crabbing without violating the law.
Crabs may be taken for personal consumption (as bait or food.) A valid fishing license and a saltwater fishing endorsement are necessary for anybody taking or attempting to take crabs or ghost shrimp from salt water for non-commercial purposes. There is no charge for a recreational fishing license.
In addition, all crabbers must have a valid commercial fishing license. There is a $15 fee for a general license, with additional charges for specific days, hours, and locations. Find more information about crabbing regulations here: http://www.txsos.state.tx.us/fishing/crabbing.html
A saltwater fishing endorsement is required of anyone who takes or attempts to take spiny lobsters (also known as rock crabs) from salt water for commercial purposes. The cost is $150 for a single vessel, $300 for a joint venture between two vessels, and $1,000 for a corporation or other organization. An applicant can only hold one saltwater fishing endorsement at a time.
The length of time that you can keep the crab(s) you capture depends on the species.
Crabbing is one of the most popular recreational fishing in Puget Sound. Sport fishermen collect over a million pounds of Dungeness crab each year using pots, ring nets, and, in the case of wade and dive fishermen, their bare hands. Check that you have the right license before you go (and the proper catch record card, too). Even with all the regulation, there is still risk involved with hunting for crab. You should always use caution not to get bitten by crabs or exposed to other marine animals such as eels, sea snakes, and octopuses.
In general, most Dungeness crab are under 10 years old, but some reach ages up to 200 years. Crab growth rates vary by species but generally range from 3 to 20 inches per season. The largest land-based animal, a titan arum, can grow to 23 feet tall and weigh 11 tons!
The total harvest of Dungeness crab in Washington is around 300,000 pounds, with 90 percent of it harvested legally. That's about 1 million crabs! But the total amount caught around the world is estimated at 4 billion pounds, so we're really just eating the leftovers!
Dungeness crab is a key ingredient in many dishes, from cioppino to crab cakes. They also use its meat in stock, while the shell is used for anything from jewelry to dog treats.
Crabs (blue) To crab in Delaware's waterways, you must have a fishing license. The blue crab may be found in all of Delaware's tidal waterways. It is a popular recreational resource and is the most commercially important marine fish and shellfish in the state.
The Delaware River watershed provides habitat for many different species of fish and crustaceans. Fisheries research has shown that the presence of fish and crustaceans can affect how many crabs there are in certain areas. For example, fish eat algae and other organisms that grow in shallow waters where crabs live, so less algae will remain to be eaten by crabs in areas with more fish. Also, fish move into and out of rivers at various times of the year, sometimes competing with crustaceans for food or space. If fish are present when crabs begin spawning, they may prevent females from laying eggs because it is difficult for them to do so while swimming, but once the fish leave, fertilized eggs may stick to their tails or bodies and be carried away by currents.
Fish play an important role in the ecosystem by eating algae and other organisms that would otherwise clog water pipes and cause flooding. They also act as predators, keeping harmful bacteria levels down. It is best to avoid catching fish if you are trying to keep crabs alive since they are often kept alive in aquariums until spring when they will be released into the wild.