Giant Crab Fishery

​​Overview​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The giant crab fishery is a comparatively small fishery with the annual harvest set at 20.7 tonnes but with a high landed value of ​around $2 mill​ion. The fishery has been commercially targeted since the early 1990s, moving from open access to limited entry. ​

Giant crabs

​Managing the fishery

The giant crab fishery is managed by individual transferable quotas under the provisions of the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995​​ and the Fisheries (Giant Crab) Rules 2013​​.


For seasonal closure information for the Giant Crab Fishery, go to Fishing Seasons


​Total allowable catch ​

For the 2023/24 quota year, the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the Tasmanian Giant Crab Fishery has been maintained at 20.7 tonnes, equating to 20 kilograms per unit.

​Current season landed giant crab catch

​Date​Landed catch
​% TAC
​30 January 2023
​14.4 tonnes
​69.6%


Giant Crab Project 

​Giant Crab Enhanced Data Collection - Innovative approaches to enhance data collection in the Victorian, South Australian and Tasmanian Giant Crab Fisheries. ​For more information about this project, see Giant Crab Enhanced Data Collection​.


    Contact

    Commercial Giant Crab Management
    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St
    HOBART TAS 7000
    Phone: 0457 005 376
    Email: commercial.fisheries@nre.tas.gov.au

    Hotline

    Fishwatch Report illegal fishing

    0427 655 557

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    Contact us

    Recreational Fishing

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    Hobart TAS 7000

    Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647

    Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au

    Commercial Fisheries

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

    Email: commercial.fisheries@nre.tas.gov.au

    Commercial Fisheries Licensing

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

    Email: fishing.licensing@nre.tas.gov.au