Fisheries Management Paper No. 290
Western Australian Department of Fisheries
An Instrument of Exemption currently allows for commercial fishing for crabs in the Pilbara. The Pilbara crab resource has been accessed commercially through the Pilbara Developing Crab Fishery (Developing Fishery) since it commenced in 2001, with the majority of effort being undertaken in Nickol Bay, near Dampier. Crab stocks in the Pilbara region are highly variable which can be attributed to environmental fluctuation, however, catches have remained steady over the past five years.
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Crab fisheries; Portunidae; Fishery management; Pilbara region - Western Australia
Western Australia. Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. (2018), Draft management plan for the Pilbara Crab Managed Fishery. Western Australian Department of Fisheries, Perth. Report Fisheries Management Paper No. 290.
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