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Can anyone put out crab pots in local waters for crabs?

Gareth McGrath

Blue crabs represent the most profitable commercial fishery in North Carolina.

Some would argue it’s also the most tasty.

And if you’ve got a hankering for crab and own waterfront property, then you’re entitled to throw a crab pot in the water.

But if you want to drop more than one pot from your pier or bulkhead, then you’re going to need a license.

Rich Carpenter, southern district manager for the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, said a recreational license that allows someone to plant up to five pots costs $35 annually.

License and other information about commercial and recreational crabbing along the coast can be found at www.ncfisheries.net or by calling (800) 682-2632.

For information about everything blue crab from the best recipes and how to build your own crab pot to the anatomy of Callinectes sapidus and festivals held in its honor, go to www.bluecrab.info

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