In New York, a commercial crab permit is required to take or land more than 50 crabs in any one day. A commercial crab permit is also required if any person sells or barters or offers for sale or barter any crabs they have taken. The commercial crab fishery is a limited entry fishery. For more information about the commercial crab permit, please visit the Marine Permits and Licenses page.
Blue crab and Jonah crab are two crab species that have been historically taken by New York commercial permit holders. Size limits and gear restrictions exist for these fisheries. For more information about specific crab management measures please visit the Commercial Limits for Lobsters, Crabs & Whelk page and be sure to review New York's Environmental Regulations - 6 NYCRR Section 44.2.
Please note: Any person who is the holder of a marine commercial crab permit is required to submit a Vessel Trip Report (VTR) for each commercial fishing trip taken. For more information, please visit the Vessel Trip Reports page.