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Crabs must be measured across the widest part of the shell, from tip to tip of the carapace spikes.

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Don't take undersize crabs in the Peel-Harvey

​Recreational fishers are being urged to measure their catches carefully when the crabbing season opens in the Peel-Harvey region on 1 November due to the likely abundance of undersize crabs.

Cooler weather and water temperatures mean it will take longer for the undersize crabs to moult and grow to the minimum legal size limit (127 mm) early on in the season.

Fisheries and Marine Officers will again be out in force to ensure that fishers are complying with the size, bag and possession limits and other rules people who ignore the rules or the minimum size limit can expect hefty fines.

Fishers should measure their catches carefully and return any undersize crabs to the water before attempting to catch another crab. 

For more information see our recreational fishing rules.

You can also download our multilingual Crabbing for blue swimmer crabs in the west coast region or pick up a copy from our offices and participating information outlets.


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