Recreational Lobster Fishing License in Rhode Island

Eligibility and Purpose

  • Residency Requirement: Available exclusively to Rhode Island residents.
  • Usage: Licenses are strictly for personal use, prohibiting the sale of any catch.

License Types and Fees


  • Non-Commercial Pot License: $40.00 per year. Allows the use of up to 5 pots per recreational license.
  • Non-Commercial Diver License: $40.00 per year. Divers are permitted a daily catch limit of 8 lobsters.

Acquisition of Licenses

Licenses can be secured at the Office of Boat Registration and Licensing, located at 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908, or through their online platform.

Regulations and Measurements

  • Immediate Measurement: All lobsters must be measured immediately upon capture. Those with a carapace length of less than 3-3/8 inches must be promptly returned to their original waters.
  • Prohibited Possessions: The possession of egg-bearing or v-notched lobsters is strictly forbidden.
  • V-Notching Requirement: Mandatory v-notching of all egg-bearing females in Lobster Conservation Management Area 2 (LCMA 2), encompassing all Rhode Island state waters.
  • Time Restrictions: Interference with lobster pots or traps is not allowed between one hour after sundown and one hour before sunrise within the state's territorial waters.

Blue Crab Fishing Regulations in Rhode Island


  • Residency: Exclusive to state residents with no license required for recreational crabbing.

Size Limit

  • Minimum Size: All blue crabs caught must measure at least 5 inches from spike to spike. Crabs under this size must be immediately released back into the water.

Catch Limit

  • Maximum Possession: Individuals are limited to possessing no more than 25 blue crabs per day. This limit applies regardless of the method used for crabbing, including crab net, dip net, scoop net, hand line, or trot line.

Time Restrictions

  • Harvesting Hours: The collection of blue crabs is strictly forbidden between sunset and sunrise, ensuring a period of minimal disturbance to their natural behavior and habitat.

Prohibited Actions

  • Egg-bearing Crabs: The possession of egg-bearing (berried) blue crabs is entirely prohibited. If caught, these crabs must be immediately returned to their habitat to support their role in sustaining the blue crab population.
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