Crab fishery working group
The Crab Fishery Working Group will provide advice on the operational aspects of the management of the Queensland Crab fishery which predominantly harvests mud crabs and blue swimmer crabs. The Queensland spanner crab is managed separately.
Queensland’s Crab Fishery expands the East Coast and the Gulf of Carpentaria, with 412 licences attached to 347 separate commercial fishing boat licences and significant recreational take. In recent years the total commercial catch of mud crabs and blue swimmer crabs has remained around 1,200 and 150 tonnes respectively. While both species have protections for female and undersized crabs, there are concerns about overcapacity in the fishery, competition between sectors and blackmarketing due to the value of the product.