Anglers urged to release any crabs that appear low on meat
RECREATIONAL fishers catching mud crabs have been encouraged to check whether it has flesh before taking it home.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries patrol field officer Mark Saul said crabs with plenty of meat would usually have a shell that showed wear and tear and would often have algae or barnacles on the shell.
"Generally, crabs that are low on meat have recently moulted their shell," he said.
"A crab that has recently moulted will have a very clean, shiny and intact shell.
"Sometimes the shell will appear translucent."
Mr Saul said empty mud crabs should be returned to the water as soon as possible.
"It's the case of being a responsible fisher and helping to ensure the sustainability of recreational crabbing," he said.
In Queensland, the legal possession limit is 10 mud crabs per person and the crabs must measure 15cm or longer.
Female mud crabs are protected and must not be taken from the water.
Visit fisheries.qld.gov.au for more information.