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Blue Crab

Blue Crab (VH, VS) Endorsement

Buying and Selling Endorsements

Transfer Period:  The transfer period is opens May 1st and continues until the end of February.

Who is eligible? For a Standard transfer there are no special eligibility requirements.  In the event of death or disability of the tag holder, the endorsement and the tags may be transferred to an immediate family member within 12 months of the date of death or disability.

  • Immediate family is defined as Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Spouse, Son, Daughter, Step-Son, Step-Daughter, Step-Father, Step-Mother, Son-In-Law, Daughter-In-Law, Half-Sister, or Half-Brother of seller.

Trap Tag Reduction: None

Transfer Fees: None

Surcharge Fees: None

Seller Requirements: The seller must have current Saltwater Products License (SPL), Restricted Species endorsement (RS), Blue Crab Endorsement (VHI, VS) current for the fiscal year of the transfer. The seller must have paid all outstanding fees owed to FWC.  There must not be any holds on the seller’s account, and they must surrender SPL card with the Blue Crab endorsement to FWC at the time of transfer.

Buyer Requirements: The buyer must have SPL and RS paid up through the fiscal year of the transfer, and have paid all outstanding fees owed to FWC.  There must be any holds on the buyer’s account.  Buyer will be responsible for purchasing the VH or VS endorsement at the time of transfer.  A blue crab endorsement buyer who has never held a blue crab endorsement must complete a 14-day apprenticeship program, working with a blue crab endorsement holder fishing for blue crab, and submit a Blue Crab Effort Management Endorsement Apprenticeship Form.

  • Buyer may submit applications for the SPL and the RS with the transfer application.

If your Commercial Saltwater Products License (SPL) has been issued in the name of a business or corporation, your trap certificates/tags must be designated to an individual.

Required Documents: Transfer Application (must be postmarked within 72 hours of being notarized), check or money order for fees and the sellers current SPL with Blue Crab endorsement. Proof of relationship (birth certificates and/or marriage licenses), copy of death certificate or proof of disability required for any immediate family transfers or due to death or disability.

What Transfers: The endorsement and trap tags.

Tag Transfer

Upon the transfer of a Blue Crab endorsement the total allotment of tags will be transferred to the buyer.


Transfer Forms

A complete copy of the applicable rules can be found in Chapter 379, Florida Statutes and Chapters 68B and 68E, Florida Administrative Code, or by contacting the licensing program.