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 2022/23 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.


​Catch update

Landed Catch by Month - 2021/22 Quota Year 

​​Quota year 2021/22 TAC - 20.7 tonnes
​Total Caught (tonnes)
​Total Uncaught
% of TAC taken​
​​​March 2021
​3.46
17.24
16.73
​April 2021
1.79
15.44
​8.66
​May 2021
​1.01
​14.43
​4.89
​June 2021
​0
14.43​​0
​July 2021
​0
​14.43
​0
​August 2021
​0
​14.43
​​0
​September 2021
​0.13
​14.30
​0.62
​October 2021
​0
​14.30
0
​November 2021
​0.89
​13.41
​4.30
​December 2021
​1.96
​11.45
​9.47
​January 2022*
3.54
7.91
​17.10
​February 2022*​


Total
12.79
7.91
61.79
​*Landed catch as of 8 February 2022

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