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​The blue swimmer crab is far and away the most caught species by fishers around Western Australia.

Thursday 25 October 2018

South West blue swimmer crabs up for discussion

Public comment is invited on a range of management options to increase breeding stock protection of South West blue swimmer crabs in order to safeguard their sustainability.  

A discussion paper has been released to obtain feedback and views on the various management options being presented.

Recreational fishing surveys since 2011 have clearly shown the blue swimmer crab is far and away the most caught species by fishers around Western Australia.

Effective management needs to ensure the resource is sustainable and takes into account environmental variations and other impacts on blue swimmer crabs, fished for in a range of recreational and commercial fisheries in the South West, from the Swan River to Geographe Bay.

Any new management arrangements must strike the right balance between commercial and recreational fishing interests and give female crabs the best opportunity to spawn creating a robust and healthy population.

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