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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Monday 21 October 2019

Peel-Harvey Estuary closed season for crabs continues until 1 December

New rules introduced earlier this year to protect Western Australia’s popular blue swimmer crab stock included a seasonal closure between 1 September and 30 November (inclusive) in all waters from the Swan and Canning Rivers to Minninup Beach, 15km south of Bunbury.

The closed area includes the popular crabbing areas of the Swan and Canning rivers and the Peel-Harvey Estuary.

It is illegal to fish for blue swimmer crabs or be in possession of blue swimmer crabs in the closed area during the closed season.

This new seasonal closure extends the previous crabbing closure period in the Peel-Harvey Estuary by one month.

Blue swimmer crab fishing will not re-open in Perth and the South West, including the Peel-Harvey Estuary, until 1 December with new bag limits also coming into effect in sthe Swan and Canning Rivers and in Geographe Bay from 1 December.

A new bag limit of five crabs per fisher will apply in the Swan and Canning Rivers, and in Geographe Bay a maximum of five female crabs will be allowed as part of the 10 crab bag limit per fisher from 1 December.

In other parts of the West Coast Bioregion, including the Peel-Harvey Estuary, the daily bag limit of 10 crabs per fisher will continue to apply.

A summary of the new rules for blue swimmer crab fishing has been published on the Fisheries website.

If you are unsure of the rules please contact your nearest DPIRD Fisheries office​ or check the online rules website.


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