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Blue Crab

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Pots: March 1 to November 30; other gears Open Year Round

A fishing license is required to crab in all waters of the State of Delaware.
Size Limit
Peeler - 3 inch minimum

Soft-shell - 3½ inch minimum

Hard-shell - 5 inch minimum

The measurement is taken from the left point of the hard shell to the right point of the hard shell.
Daily Limit / Person
1 bushel
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay/tributaries and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Abundant
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Blue Crabs can be found in almost all tidal waters.

They will feed on a variety of live and dead fish, crabs, clams, snails, eelgrass, sea lettuce, and decayed vegetation.
General Description
Blue Crabs can grow up to 9 inches from point to point of their top shell (carapace).

Blue Crabs have a brilliant blue color on their front claws (tips are red on females) with an olive or bluish-green carapace.
Did You Know?
The Blue Crab's' scientific name (Callinectes sapidus) means "Beautiful Swimmer that is savory".

Blue Crabs have exoskeletons (shells) that provide both structural support and protection. As they grow, they must molt, or shed their old shells and grow new ones.

Blue Crabs have teeth in their stomach, that’s where they chew their food.

They turn red when cooked.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Blue Crabs are harvested via pots, traps, baskets, trot lines, and handlines.

Fish parts, chicken necks, and other assorted meat type baits are used.
Typical Sizes Caught
Blue Crabs can grow up to 9 inches from point to point but average around 5 to 6 inches point to point.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Blue Crabs are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament citation.
Delaware State Record
Blue Crabs are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.