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Recreational Crabbers Reminded to Submit Survey Forms

February 21, 2007

Everyone who obtained a non-commercial style crab pot license in 2006 is reminded to submit his or her Voluntary Crab Pot Reporting Form. The forms are very important as the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Administration – which consists of the Bureau of Marine Fisheries and the Bureau of Shellfisheries within the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife – is continuing to collect information on the recreational blue crab fishery throughout the state.

This voluntary survey, now in its second year, is used to help the Division gather information about this sector of the recreational blue crab fishery. The survey asks crabbers to record the number of trips taken, fishing location, number of crabs caught and kept, as well as other information. The data collected from the survey program will help biologists make resource management decisions necessary to ensure the viability of the crab resource.

Recreational crabbers who obtain a non-commercial crab pot license are asked to fill out the form after each trip with the appropriate information, and then return the forms (once they are finished crabbing for the season) to the Division of Fish and Wildlife at the Nacote Creek Research Station.

Anyone who obtained their license on-line had the reporting form printed out automatically with the license. Those who obtained their license from a vendor should have had the reporting form provided to them when they got their license. The reporting form can also be downloaded from (pdf, 10kb).

This year, anyone who obtains their license at a participating agent through the Integrated Electronic Licensing System will also have the reporting form printed out automatically with the license.

The Marine Fisheries Administration continues to work on a number of other recreational blue crab surveys throughout the state. In 2005 a study was conducted in New Jersey’s portion of Delaware Bay. In 2006 the survey was continued to the southern coastal bays (Jarvis Sound through Great Bay), and the survey will continue in 2007 focusing on the northern coastal bays (Little Egg Harbor through Raritan Bay).

Information on blue crabs and results of the research surveys can be found on the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Web site at

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