Fisheries warns crabbers
CRAB fishers have been warned to check the rules before dropping traps into local estuaries or run the risk of being exposed by a coastwide crackdown.
NSW Fisheries compliance checks on the North Coast have found there is some confusion over the current crab fishing rules.
“There are a range of regulations regarding the use, construction and marking of all crab traps, which aim to ensure the sustainability of crab fishery,” Industry and Investment NSW Fisheries Compliance Director Glenn Tritton said.
“If fishers are unsure of the rules they should double check them before going fishing by contacting their local fisheries office or visiting our website,” he said.
The main rules relating to crab fishing are:
No more than one crab trap can be used or be possessed by an angler at any time;
A buoy, not less than 10cm diameter set above the water must be attached to the crab trap;
The buoy must be clearly marked ‘crab trap’ and carry the person’s name;
Fishers should take care not to set the gear in areas of high boat traffic or navigation channels;
A daily bag limit of five mud crabs per person applies – crabs must be 8.5cm in carapace length.
Crab trap theft, illegal crab fishing and the illegal sale of crabs can be reported to NSW Fisheries.