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A blue swimmer crab being measured using a crab gauge.

Ensure you have an accurate gauge with you while fishing for blue swimmer crabs.

Wednesday 31 October 2018

Make sure your crabs measure up

We are reminding recreational fishers they must immediately measure any blue swimmer crabs they catch and return them to the water if they are undersize when the Peel-Harvey Estuary crabbing season opens on 1 November.

Our Fisheries officers will be checking catches and looking out for anyone who doesn’t stick to the rules which are there to ensure the Peel-Harvey’s famous blue swimmer crab fishery remains sustainable.

Environmental conditions in the Peel-Harvey mean that many blue swimmer crabs that fishers come across at the start of the season will be undersize so ensure you have an accurate gauge with you while fishing.

Any blue swimmer crab you catch that is less than 127 mm carapace width needs to be returned to the water immediately before attempting to catch another.

The Peel-Harvey crab fisheries were the first in the world to receive a joint Marine Stewardship Council eco-tick for both recreational and commercial fisheries – the global gold standard for sustainable fishery management, compliance and research.

Public comment is currently being invited on a range of management options to increase breeding stock protection of South West blue swimmer crabs, including those in the Peel-Harvey, in order to safeguard their sustainability. 

For more information see our recreational fishing rules or our Crabbing for blue swimmer crabs in the west coast region flyer available in six different languages.

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