These measurement methods provide a consistent, well defined measurement technique. These methods encourage angler compliance with fishery management regulations.
Total Length Measurement
Total Length is now measured from the most forward point of the head, with the mouth closed, to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed, while the fish is lying on its side.
Total Length Species Include:
Fork Length Measurement
Fork Length Species Include:
Mullet African Pompano
Lower Jaw Fork Length Measurement (Billfishes)
Lower Jaw Fork Length Species Include:
· Blue Marlin
· White Marlin
How to Measure Crab and Spiny Lobster
Stone Crab claws must measure at least 2 3/4-inches in length measured by a straight line from the elbow to the tip of the lower immovable finger. The forearm (propodus) shall be deemed to be the largest section of the claw assembly that has both a moveable and immovable finger and is located farthest from the body of the crab.
Spiny Lobster Measurement
Spiny Lobster must have a minimum carapace length of greater than 3-inches and the measurement must take place in the water. The carapace is measured beginning at the forward edge between the rostral horns, excluding and soft tissue, and proceeding along the middle to the rear edge of the carapace.