New Fishing Rules
Some minor changes to recreational fishing rules will come into effect on 30 April 2021 relating to the blue swimmer crab size limit and the use of ‘Opera House’ style yabby traps. These changes are being implemented following consultation with and support from the Recreational NSW Fishing Advisory Council.
Blue Swimmer Crabs size limit to increase to 6.5cm
The size limit of blue swimmer crabs will increase from 6cm to 6.5cm to help assist with protecting spawning crabs and to improve the productivity of the stock through time. It will also provide consistency between the recreational and commercial fishing sectors.
We get both blue swimmer crabs and mud crabs at North Arm Cove. The minimum size for a mud crab is 8.5cm.
If you want to know how to identify a crab, measure a crab or you require any further information go to https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/fishing-rules-and-regs .