Status of the Blue Swimmer Crab Fishery in Shark Bay, Western Australia Fishery Assessment Document
Fisheries Research Report No. 233
Government of Western Australia Department of Fisheries
1035 - 4549
The Shark Bay Crab Fishery on the central coast of Western Australia has developed rapidly in the last 10 years to become Australia’s highest producing blue swimmer crab fishery, with peak landings in 2010 of 828t valued at over AU$6 million. The resource is harvested commercially by the Shark Bay crab trap and Shark Bay prawn trawl fisheries, with negligible amounts retained by the Shark Bay scallop fishery. There are currently five 300-trap licences and 28 trawl (18 prawn and 10 scallop) licences authorized to take blue swimmer crabs in Shark Bay.
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Portunus armatus; Portunus pelagicus Crab fisheries; Fishery management; Fishery surveys; Fishery statistics; Catch statistics; Catch and effort; Stock assessment; Shark Bay - Western Australia
Harris, D, Johnston, D, Sporer, E, Kangas, M, Nieves, F, and Caputi, N. (2014), Status of the Blue Swimmer Crab Fishery in Shark Bay, Western Australia Fishery Assessment Document. Government of Western Australia Department of Fisheries, Perth. Report Fisheries Research Report No. 233.
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