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NSW Spanner Crab Harvest Strategy released

Spanner Crabs on a spanner crab net (dilly) with bait bag.

Sustainable management of the NSW Spanner Crab fishery.

That’s the aim of the recently released NSW Spanner Crab Harvest Strategy.

Developed in consultation with commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fishers, the harvest strategy uses a set of decision rules to maintain Spanner Crab (Ranina ranina) stock biomass at sustainable levels.

Australia’s east coast has the world's largest spanner crab fishery, extending from Fraser Island to northern New South Wales.

This harvest strategy applies to the NSW component of the Spanner Crab fishery which goes from the Queensland border south to Coffs Harbour.

The strategy uses scientific catch data to set the annual Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of Spanner Crab in NSW.

In 2023/ 24 the TAC for Spanner Crabs was 100 tonnes down from 140 tonnes in 2022/23.

Harvest Strategies are a key initiative under the Marine Estate Management Strategy 2020-2028.

For more information on the NSW Spanner Crab Harvest Strategy, check out the NSW DPI Fisheries Spanner Crab Harvest Strategy page.

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