Warning to check crab sizes
Mandurah crab fishers have been warned to measure their catch to ensure they meet the size requirements in the lead-up to Christmas.
Department of Fisheries strategic fisheries policy manager Nathan Harrison said while most fishers were responsible, he urged people to take extra care.
“At this time of year, fishers need to be especially aware that in many popular crabbing locations fishers will encounter high numbers of undersized crabs that need to be left to moult and grow so they can be fished later, after they have reached legal size,” he said. “This helps to ensure that juvenile crabs grow through to maturity before they can be legally taken.”
Mr Harrison said new regulations required fishers to release undersized crabs to the water before trying to catch more.
He said the minimum size for blue swimmer crabs was a 127mm carapace width.
“The other new regulation to bear in mind is that all raw uncooked crabs must be in whole form, unless they are being prepared for immediate consumption,” he said.
Cockburn Sound remains closed to crab fishing to help stocks rebuild.