As the weather warms up Blue Manna or Blue Swimmer crabs start emerging from the depths around Perth. You may take 10 per person or 20 per boat if 2 or more persons are on the boat.

However, please note the closures below, outside of these closure zones and times, the taking of crabs is permitted anytime.

Happy hunting :)

CLOSED SEASON FOR BLUE SWIMMER CRABS

Peel-Harvey Estuary – closed season, 1 September to 31 October

Fishing for blue swimmer crabs is prohibited in the Peel Inlet and the channel entrance, Harvey Estuary and Dawesville Cut from 1 September – 31 October. The spring fishing closure protects crab breeding stocks, and allows female crabs to spawn before the fishery re-opens.

Cockburn Sound – closed season, 1 April to 14 December

Cockburn Sound is closed to all crab fishing during this period.

for further information visit fisheries website:

http://fisheries.wa.gov.au/docs/pub/BlueSwimmerCrabProtection/index.php?0102