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A blue swimmer crab on the seafloor
Wednesday 1 November 2017

Size up your swimmers

Recreational crab fishers are urged to carefully return any undersize crabs they catch to the water when the Peel-Harvey Estuary’s crabbing season reopens on Wednesday 1 November.

Fishers can play their part in keeping the Peel-Harvey’s famous blue swimmer crab fishery sustainable by sticking to the rules. But our Fisheries officers will be checking catches and looking out for anyone who doesn’t.

Environmental conditions in Peel-Harvey mean that most blue swimmer crabs that fishers come across over the next month or so 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.

If you are catching a lot of undersize crabs, please be patient. The good news is crabs grow rapidly so they will reach legal size relatively quickly.

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

For more information see our recreational fishing rules. You can also download our multilingual Crabbing for blue swimmer crabs in the west coast region.

Anyone who has information on illegal fishing activities is asked to call FishWatch on 1800 815 507.

Last modified: 8/12/2017 11:28 AM

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