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A mother, father and two young boys crabbing in the Peel-Harvey
​A family enjoying a very popular summer activity - crabbing in the Peel-Harvey.
Tuesday 7 March 2017

Crab fishers commended for keen awareness of rules

We’d like to commend Peel-Harvey crabbers after results of a survey showed that most were aware of the fishing rules.

The survey was taken during our summer education campaign to address concerns about some fishers taking too many blue swimmer crabs or taking undersize crabs.

Our campaign highlighted bag and size limits for crabs, and the requirement to release undersize and ‘berried’ (egg-carrying) crabs immediately – with information delivered through on-site banners, electronic signs, multilingual leaflets, posters and advertisements in community newspapers.

We also carried out education patrols, distributing brochures and free crab gauges while talking to fishers from diverse backgrounds, including many with English as a second language.

We need crab fishers to work with us to help keep stocks sustainable. You can do your bit to ensure there will be plenty of crabs for the future by sticking to the rules.

While our survey found that most fishers carried a crab gauge, some only had one gauge per group. We urge each fisher to carry their own crab gauge so that crabs can be measured as soon as they’re caught and released immediately if undersize.   

The 127 mm minimum size limit allows crabs to reach maturity to complete their breeding cycle. 

For more information see our recreational fishing rules.

You can also download our multilingual Crabbing for blue swimmer crabs in the West Coast Bioregion brochure or pick up a copy from our offices and participating information outlets.

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