Bag and size limits
Crabs ||Bag Limit||Possession Limit||Minimum Size|
Inshore Crabs - all crabs other than giant crabs and soldier crabs. See
bait invertebrates limits if you are using soldier crabs as bait.||15 (species combined)||30 (species combined)||-|
|Giant Crab||1||1||Female: 150mm|
(measure from front to back of carapace)
|*Female crabs in berry (with eggs) cannot be kept.|
*Giant Crab - A recreational rock lobster pot
licence is required to fish for giant crabs. You can only fish for giant crab during the
recreational rock lobster season. Giant crabs have the same
area restrictions as rock lobster.
Inshore and other crabs
Inshore crabs includes all crabs other than giant crabs and soldier crabs.
Soldier crabs are often used for bait and catch limits apply. See bait invertebrates for more information.
There is no minimum size for soldier crabs.
Giant crabsGiant crabs are a deep water species of crab occasionally caught by recreational fishers.
Seasons, size and possession limits and gear, bait and area restrictions apply.
European green crab
Fishing for the European green crab (also known as European shore crab) is not allowed in Tasmania as it is a recognised marine pest and fishing risks spreading the pest.
European Green Crab
What gear can be used to take crabs?
- Crabs can be taken by hand,
bait trap, rock lobster ring or pot, but not specialised crab nets.
- Make sure you check the area restrictions and gear marking requirements before using.
- Opera house traps are not legal gear in Tasmania.
Crab illustrations by Peter Gouldthorpe
No Opera House Traps