In the Northern Territory, there are 49 shrimp licences, each allowing 60 traps. A crab that has recently lost its shell may not be full of flesh and you should put it back in the water. Follow all these tips to make sure your crab is full of meat: Most are caught during the dry season. A rising tide can provide the best crab. Find out more about pots, dillies and nets you can use to catch crabs, fish or other crustaceans in the Northern Territory. You will find mud crabs on streams and rivers and on coastal plains at the mouths of streams. You can only use one ship to catch, catch or harvest mud crabs. However, you can request the use of a secondary vessel for other purposes. When steaming crabs, clean them first and crack their claws so that the steam penetrates and cooks the meat.
You can cook whole mud crabs, but do not break the claws, otherwise the water gets into the meat. More than 99% of the commercial catch is giant mud crab, the rest is orange mud crab. Commercial crab fishing is prohibited in all of the following areas: Kill crabs before cooking them by cooling or piercing their central bottom. Commercial operators can use compliant sea pots to catch mud crabs. Both male and female crabs – without eggs – can be caught in the Northern Territory. Female mud crabs carrying eggs must be released unharmed. Most commercial activities are concentrated in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Some fishermen also operate along the north coast of Arnhem Land, Van Diemen Gulf, Chambers Bay and west of Anson Bay. The pot should have a volume of less than half a cubic meter and should not exceed 1 meter in any direction. A float bearing the vessel identification number shall be attached to the pots. Crabs are measured on the widest part of the carapace.
The Northern Territory`s recreational fishing rules are designed to ensure sustainability, optimal fishing performance and the equitable distribution of community-owned resources. Recreational fishers in the Northwest Territories take pride in protecting their fishing and aquatic environment, and all rules are followed. So get on board. Read before you go and KNOW YOUR LIMITS! Application to Use a Sub Vessel PDF (119.2 KB)Application for Use of a Sub-Vessel DOCX (57.4 KB) For more information, see the 2006 Silt Crab Fisheries Plan. Crab traps are baited with fresh meat or fish and placed in estuarine and coastal waters. Access to all recreational fishing rules on Fisheries NT`s website NORTHERN TERRITORY CODE OF PRACTICE FOR MUD CRAB FISHING The smallest males you are allowed to take with you must have an upper shell width of 130 mm and females an upper shell width of 140 mm. Crabs are generally limited to coastal mudflats and estuaries. Learn more about buying, selling, or renting a business license.
To apply, complete the Application for the Use of a Secondary Vessel.