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Blue Crab

Scientific name: Callinectes sapidus Rathbun, 1896

Common name: Blue Crab

Species Codes for Trip Ticket Reporting:
Food and Bait Codes:
321 - Crab, blue (hard)
322 - Crab, blue (hard, numbers)
323 - Crab, blue (soft, numbers)

License and Endorsements Required for Commercial Harvest:
SPL - Saltwater Products License
RS - Restricted Species Endorsement
V - Blue Crab Endorsement

* These are unofficial designations, please see Florida Administrative Code Chapter 68B for specifics, https://www.flrules.org/.


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