Commendation for Crab Fishos for following the rules by Department of Fisheries
This survey was taken during the summer education campaign by Fisheries Department to address concerns about some fishers taking too many blue swimmer crabs or taking undersize crabs.
Their campaign highlighted bag and size limits for crabs, and the requirement to release undersize and ‘berried’ (egg-carrying) crabs immediately – with information delivered through on-site banners, electronic signs, multilingual leaflets, posters and advertisements in community newspapers.
They also carried out education patrols, distributing brochures and free crab gauges while talking to fishers from diverse backgrounds, including many with English as a second language.
The Fisheries Department need crab fishers to work with us to help keep stocks sustainable. You can do your bit to ensure there will be plenty of crabs for the future by sticking to the rules.
While their survey found that most fishers carried a crab gauge, some only had one gauge per group. They urge each Fisho to carry their own crab gauge so that crabs can be measured as soon as they’re caught and released immediately if undersize.
The 127 mm minimum size limit allows crabs to reach maturity to complete their breeding cycle.