Every year, Giant Spider Crabs aggregate in Victoria's Port Phillip Bay in their tens of thousands to mate and moult their hard shells. This spectacle is beloved by locals and draws crowds from across Australia, this year more than ever before.
This is a very vulnerable time for the crabs in their soft new shells, as they are targeted by our huge local Smooth Rays. The crabs clump up in the shallows to get safety in numbers, but this can make them vulnerable to unsustainable fishing. We encourage those who choose to visit and observe or harvest crabs during the aggregation to try and minimise their impact on the crabs and the local environment, and keep the space safe for all.
Please observe the @fisheriesvic
regulations and limit your catch, rather than catching your limit. Take only what you need, because very little is known about this population and high levels of harvest may be unsustainable. #portphillipbay #limityourcatch