Fisheries Research Report No. 219
Government of Western Australia Department of Fisheries
1035 - 4549
Blue swimmer crabs (Portunus armatus) (formerly Portunus pelagicus; Lai et al., 2010) in Cockburn Sound, Western Australia, are the basis of an important commercial and recreational fishery close to the Perth metropolitan area with the commercial fishery achieving a peak catch of 362 t in 1997/98 and a recreational catch of about 18 t. Commercial blue swimmer crab catches declined significantly since 2000 due to low stock abundance, resulting in the closure of the fishery in December 2006.
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West Coast Bioregion - Fisheries - Western Australia; Crab fisheries; Portunus armatus; Portunidae; Fishery management; Fishery biology; Fishery statistics; Catch statistics; Catch and effort; Stock assessment; Recruitment; Environmental effects; Cockburn Sound - Western Australia; Warnbro Sound - Western Australia ; Swan River - Western Australia; Western Australia
Johnston, D, Harris, D, Caputi, N, de Lestang, S, and Thomson, A. (2011), Status of the Cockburn Sound Crab Fishery. Government of Western Australia Department of Fisheries, Perth. Report Fisheries Research Report No. 219.
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