Do I need a permit to take blue crabs?

Per the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, no permit is required for the taking of blue crabs unless using SCUBA. There is a limit of 25 crabs/day. The minimum harvest size is 5 in shell width (spine to spine). Egg bearers cannot be taken. It is unlawful to fish for blue crabs by trap to retain blue crabs taken in a trap. Only actively tended gear may be fished for blue crabs.

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1. Where can I get a shellfish permit?
2. Where can I get a copy of the shellfish regulations?
3. Why are some shellfish areas closed?
4. What areas are seeded by the Town and when?
5. How do I obtain a commercial shellfish permit?
6. Why is there no oyster harvest season in the summer?
7. Do I need a permit to take blue crabs?