Giant Crab Fishery

Giant Crtab 
​​The giant crab fishery is a comparatively small fishery with the annual harvest set at 20.7 tonnes but with a high landed value of ​around $2 mill​ion. The fishery has been commercially targeted since the early 1990s moving from open access to limited entry.​

​Managing the fishery

It is now managed by individual transferable quotas under the provisions of the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995​​ and the Fisheries (Giant Crab) Rules 2013​​.

For seasonal closure information relevant to the Giant Crab Fishery, go to Commercial Fishing Seasons

​Total Allowable Catch 

The Minister of Primary Industries and Water has set the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the Tasmanian Giant Crab Fishery at 20.7 tonnes equating to 20 kilograms per unit for the 2021/22 quota year. 

​Catch update

Landed Catch by Month - 2021/22 Quota Year 

​Quota year 2021/22 TAC
20.7 tonnes​
​Total Caught (tonnes)
​Total Uncaught
% of TAC taken​
​​​March 2021
​April 2021
​May 2021
​June 2021
​July 2021*
​August 2021
​September 2021
​October 2021
​November 2021

​December 2021
​January 2022
​February 2022
​*Landed catch as of 30 June 2021

Giant Crab Project 

​Giant Crab Enhanced Data Collection - Innovative approaches to enhance data collection in the Victorian, South Australian and Tasmanian Giant Crab Fisheries. ​For more information about this project, see Giant Crab Enhanced Data Collection​. 


Commercial Fisheries Management
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 0457 124 668

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