An empty mud crab.
An empty mud crab. DAFF

Don’t get nipped by Fisheries while out crabbing

DURING the crabbing season, recreational crabbers should ensure they are aware of all current crabbing rules, including size and possession limits as well as crab pot regulations, before hitting the water.

Fisheries Queensland district officer Mathew Davidson said fishers should know the rules when out on the water.

"It's important for crabbers to be aware of the crabbing limits and other legal requirements to save being nipped with a possible fine," Mr Davidson said.

"Crabbers should remember that there are different size and possession limits as well as measuring methods for the various crab species. For example, female mud and blue swimmer crabs are no-take species and should be returned to the water immediately.

"It is also illegal to possess crabs with the carapace missing and crab meat while at sea unless it is for immediate consumption."

Mr Davidson said crabbers should check their gear before hitting the water to ensure their equipment complies with legal requirements.

"In tidal waters, no more than four crab pots or dillies, or a combination of both, are permitted to be used by a person at any time.

"They need to be clearly marked with the owner's name and address and if using a float, it must also have the owner's name on it," he said.

"All crab apparatus, if not secured to a fixed object, must have a light coloured surface float attached. The float must not be less than 15cm in any dimension.

"Crab pots should be set below the low tide mark line and be in deep enough water so that marine animals are not exposed to the sun at any time."

For more information visit http://www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23.

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