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Two Fisheries Education staff members at the Mandurah Crab Fest stand with educational banners and posters in the background.
​Fisheries staff answered a lot of questions on crabbing and other recreational fishing activities at Crab Fest.
Wednesday 22 March 2017

Crab Fest 2017 nets a crowd

​More than 2,000 people visited our display at Mandurah Crab Fest over the weekend.

During the two-day event, visitors were interested in learning about blue swimmer crab rules and biology, as well as picking up a free crab gauge to try their luck crabbing in the nearby Peel-Harvey Estuary.

On show were some blue swimmers, giving people the chance to practise measuring a crab for the minimum legal size of 127 mm carapace width. These were male and female crabs, as not everyone realises the females are mottled brown in colour rather than the distinctive rich blue of the males. 

All visitors stopped to marvel at the central feature of the giant crab (Pseudocarcinus gigas) – one of three species caught in WA’s commercial deep sea crab fishery – which can grow to a whopping 450 mm carapace width, weigh up to 14 kg and is the largest crab found in Australian waters.

Kids were able to learn more about the biology of crabs and the importance of a healthy habitat through our colouring-in and activity sheets. They also collected a cool crab face mask and played a fun fishing game where they identified different fish species and their bag and size limits.

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