Anyone had any results with FishWatch? _ Crabbing during closure.

Saw a couple of boats fishing for crabs in the Swan River today, but when I rang fishwatch, they were unsure where the Swan River actually was.!


I was asked a series of irrelevant questions eg whats the post code?  I gave up.


Perth and South West: Closed season 1 September – 30  November (inclusive). 

All waters including rivers, estuaries and man-made waterways from the Swan River to Rich Road Minninup Beach (15km south of Bunbury) are closed to crab fishing 1 September to 30 November. 

The closure protects crab breeding stocks, and allows female crabs to spawn before the fishery reopens.

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Navigate the grey

Thu, 2019-10-03 14:57

 Yeah think you're right, probably doesnt help that fisheries only have the 2017/2018 rec fishing guide on their website which still allows crabbing in the swan.

Located elsewhere on their site they do have the "Changes to crabbing" booklet but I would have thought if they planned to roll out changes they would make sure any old documents were either removed or updated.... too hard basket maybe


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Yes true that

Thu, 2019-10-03 16:37

 True that

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Thu, 2019-10-03 16:04

Got anything on their APP about crabing ?

look at map for blue swimmer crabs.


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RecFish App

Thu, 2019-10-03 16:36

 The recfish app had to be deleted and then re-installed to show the new closures

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Fishwatch is a call center,

Thu, 2019-10-03 20:58

Fishwatch is a call center, the operators wouldn’t know the specific areas which is why they would be asking for as much information as possible before forwarding it to Fisheries. Just provide as much info as possible.


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Not good enough

Thu, 2019-10-03 23:13

Call centre or not when people see things that need to be reported they expect to know if the relevant body is going to respond as soon as possible and lets not hear any more about resources etc etc.

If department heads can't manage their budgets to allow for the call outs then they are not up to doing the job required

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Be good to know

Wed, 2019-10-09 21:29

If they are going to open Cockburn this year.

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 There's talk of this

Thu, 2019-10-10 09:33

 There's talk of this happening ,with these new measures implemented. Buying out Cockburn Pro's.

If only for a short opening period, recreational only. ie over the holiday period.

Local Fishing/Tackle shops would be happy.


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 From what I read they won't

Thu, 2019-10-10 11:13

 From what I read they won't open Cockburn until Pros are bought out.

If they open Rec they have to open Pros??

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   You are always learning

Mon, 2019-10-14 16:36

   You are always learning when it comes to the Fishing Rules.

Just come back from walk to local Jetty, couple of young blokes crabbing with drop nets at the Jetty.  Did the right thing and said to them politely do they know about the Crabbing Ban?

They were also polite with there response, no agro:  "Yep, we know about the Ban, but we are aboriginal, and we can catch what ever we like".

So there you go -  good luck to them,and I hope they get enough crabs for there dinner tonight.



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I thought they

Mon, 2019-10-14 19:30

Would have to use traditional techniques. Could be wrong.

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 Yeah. No obligation to use

Mon, 2019-10-14 19:48

 Yeah. No obligation to use traditional techniques. 

Netting the creek mouths is a bit of a sticking point up this way at the moment. 


Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

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 Got that right dodgy the

Tue, 2019-10-15 07:23

 Got that right dodgy the netting rule has got to go. both our local creeks just got indecriminately raped with a lot of big barra and threadies taken.No such thing as traditional fishing, was told a few years ago they are allowed to evolve and use nylon nets. About time they evolved a bit more in my opinion.

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Clear as mud to me

Mon, 2019-10-14 21:42

Some more detail as to where the crabbing was taking place is required before a clear answer can be given on "it's ok I'm aboriginal"
Also after reading the document by fisheries "we can catch what ever we want" isn't quite right either.