Fishing season for blue swimmer crabs to resume on December 1, following three-month closure

Crab fishers throughout the Peel region will be able to resume catching Mandurah's iconic blue swimmer crab when the season re-opens on Sunday.

Crab fishing has been closed since September 1 to protect breeding crabs during spring, when they are most vulnerable to capture.

The new annual closure also aims to bolster the blue swimmer crab's resilience.

From December 1, fishers from Perth to Minninup Beach, south of Bunbury, will be able to return to fishing for the popular sea creature.

The start of the summer season will bring with it new daily bag limits in the Swan and Canning rivers of five blue swimmer crabs.

Within Geographe Bay, the maximum bag limit of 10 blue swimmers still applies, however, recreational fishers cannot take more than five female crabs per day.

For all other areas in the including the Peel-Harvey Estuary, the daily bag limit per fisher remains unchanged at 10 blue swimmer crabs and the boat limit is still 20 per day.

Crab researchers are predicting a good start to the season following the three-month break.

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Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly thanked recreational fishers for giving the crabs a break and wished them well for the summer season.

"Crab is king for Western Australian recreational fishers and fishing for them is part of WA's highly valued summer lifestyle. That's why we implemented protections earlier this year to ensure generations to come can share in this experience," he said.

"In good news for crab fishers, the department's researchers advise me that the warm November weather should bring a good start to the new crabbing season.

"The peak commercial and recreational fishing bodies have shown real leadership by supporting the blue swimmer crab protection strategy.

"As announced in August, work is underway to buy out commercial licences in the Warnbro Sound, Cockburn Sound and Mandurah to Bunbury developmental crab fisheries, prior to their permanent closure."

The annual closure is implemented by Recfishwest, the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council and the Southern Seafood Producers WA Association.

For more information on the fishing rules, visit the Fisheries website.