king crab, Tasmanian giant crab
The Tasmanian giant crab is one of the largest crabs in the world. It has a triangular-shaped, orange-red shell with cream flecks and very developed front legs and claws with black tips. Males tend to be larger in size and have one claw much larger than the other.
If handling, take care to prevent damage to the crab’s legs and claws.
Giant crab season is the same dates as recreational rock lobster season.
See the Seasons page for actual dates.
Female giant crabs with eggs cannot be kept.
Giant crabs are found in depths from 140-270 metres out to the edge of the continental shelf.
They are a slow growing and long lived deep water crab only occasionally caught by recreational fishers using rock lobster pots.
Be careful handling the claws as they are very strong.
Follow any public health alerts relating to eating wild shellfish - refer to the Department of Health or phone their hotline on 1800 671 738.
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