Crab bag limits remain

Commercial and recreational blue swimmer crab fishing arrangements have been reviewed and updated for the upcoming 2014–15 season to ensure the sustainability of the fishery.

Recreational limits for blue swimmer crab will remain at a daily individual bag limit of 20 and a daily boat limit of 60 in Gulf St Vincent only.

For all other South Australian waters the recreational blue swimmer crab limit will remain at a daily bag limit of 40 and a daily boat limit of 120.

 NOTE: This differs from a report in last month’s Echo, where  supplied government information incorrectly included SAND crabs in bag limits. Revised information was supplied after the Echo went to press.

The 2012-13 Blue Crab Fishery (BCF) stock assessment report published by the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) Aquatic Sciences, shows while the Spencer Gulf fishery remains in a strong position the Gulf St Vincent fishery remains at a low level.

Director Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy at PIRSA, Sean Sloan, said the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) for Gulf St Vincent would remain at a reduced level for the 2014–15 season.

Gulf St Vincent TACC is 196 tonnes and Spencer Gulf 381 tonnes.

“The abundance of juvenile and legal size crabs remains below the acceptable limit set out in the fishery’s management plan and as a result triggered a review of the TACC for the upcoming season,” Mr Sloan said.

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