Warn­ing to check crab sizes

Southern Telegraph - - News -

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.

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