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Help our iconic blue swimmer crab populations by joining our citizen science log book project to measure and report your catches. 

Monday 16 July 2018

Call goes out for blue swimmer log book supporters

​We are seeking more recreational fishers to assist with vital research into stocks of the iconic blue swimmer crab in three key recreational WA crab fisheries.

Our researchers have previously welcomed great assistance from the recreational fishing community for this important citizen science project.

And now crabbers’ support is required again in three key areas – the Swan River, the Leschenault Estuary and wider Bunbury area, as well as Geographe Bay.

Blue swimmer crabs are the most commonly caught recreational species in the State, so participation by recreational fishers is particularly important, giving crabbers the opportunity to do their bit and helping ensure there are plenty of crabs for the future.

The research will build on the success of our popular True Blue Swimmer Supporter research project, which we have been running for the last five years.

The project requires volunteers to record and share their catch data in a simple, easy to use log book that will help us gain greater insight into local crab populations in these locations.

Catch details include the number, size and location of crabs caught, and how often and what methods are used to fish for crabs.

The results will help shape future management strategies for the crab stocks in these areas.

For further information about joining the project, please contact us by email or phone (08) 9203 0111.


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