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Mud crab recreational fishing

We manage recreational fishing for mud crabs through size and bag limits and fishing gear controls. In addition, when fishing for crabs with the use of a powered vessel, a Recreational Fishing from Boat Licence is required.

Most recreational fishers focus on creeks and rivers although many crabs can be found on coastal flats, usually next to a creek mouth.

Hooking crabs out from underneath rocks, tree roots and burrows or scoop-netting for them in shallow water can harm the environment. So please tread carefully on mud flats and stay on a single path if possible. Avoid stepping on and destroying mud crab burrows. In addition, keep away from mangrove roots because they are vital for the health of mangroves.  

Mud crabs can be fast and strong and their big claws can be dangerous. Take precautions when handling a mud crab; wear a heavy-duty glove, use tongs or distract the claws with a stick.

Information on fishing rules for mud crabs including size and bag limits can be found online or in our Statewide Recreational fishing guide or Crabbing in the Gascoyne region.  

Last modified: 2/02/2017 2:28 PM

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