Fishermen face big fines if caught with crabs in off season
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AUSTRALIATuesday, November 14, 2017Betweeb November 20 - December 20 2017 recreational and commercial fishers will

 

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
 

Betweeb November 20 - December 20 2017 recreational and commercial fishers will no longer be able to fish for spanner crabs.

The month-break marks Queensland's annual closed season, to protect the crabs during breeding season.

The break allows the species to spawn, ensuring a sustainable fishery for future generations.

Fines of AUD 504 and a maximum penalty of AUD 
126,150 can apply to anyone caught with spanner crabs during the closed season.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Russell Overton said spanner crabs caught during the closed season should be carefully removed from the fishing apparatus before quickly being returned to the water.

He said fishers should also remember size and possession limits applied to spanner crabs during the open season.

Source: Sunshine Coast Daily


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