Spanner crab off limits

News release | 24-Oct-2018

Queensland’s annual spanner crab closed season for recreational and commercial fishers commences on 1 November 2018.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Officer Russell Overton said the annual closure in all Queensland waters applies until midnight 15 December 2018.

“The closed season for spanner crab starts earlier and will be 15 days longer under recent changes designed to provide better protection for the species during their breeding season,” Mr Overton said.

“The closed season allows the crabs to spawn, replenishing crab stocks to ensure a sustainable fishery for future generations to enjoy.

“Anyone caught with spanner crabs during the closed season faces on-the-spot fines of $522 and a maximum penalty in excess of $130,000.

“Spanner crabs caught during the closed season should be carefully removed from the fishing apparatus before being quickly returned to the water.”

For more information on closed seasons for fishing in Queensland, visit, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from the Apple and Google app stores.

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Media contact: Dianne Bye, 07 3087 8577