Crabs (all species except giant crabs and European shore crabs)
Red shore crab
|Common name/s||Crabs (all species except giant crabs* and European green shore crabs)|
|Minimum legal size||no minimum|
Outside of restricted areas: 30 crabs or 1 litre of whole or parts of crabs. (the 2019 hard copy of the 2019 Recreational Fishing Guide erroneously states ‘a combined total limit of 1 litre of crabs from one of more species not exceeding 30 whole crabs').
This bag limit does not apply to purchased bait.
* There is no recreational fishery for giant crab in Victorian waters.
You can't collect crabs in Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries. Click here for more information on Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries.
See our diagram below to tell the difference between sand crabs and red shore crabs.
Outside of restricted areas, only the following methods can be used to collect crabs in marine waters.
The number, size and shape of the equipment used is important. It is also important that your equipment is appropriately labelled. Click here for a summary of the fishing gear that can legally be used in Victoria, and how to use it.
Remember, collecting for other people contributes to your bag limit.