Eastern sea spider

Eastern sea spider

Common name/s:Eastern sea spider, false spider crab
Scientific name:Amarinus leavis
Minimum legal size:No minimum
Bag/possession limit (outside of restricted areas):30 crabs
Restricted areas:

You can't collect crabs in waters less than 2m deep (the intertidal zone) in Port Phillip Bay. Click here for more information on Port Phillip Bay's intertidal zone.

You can't collect crabs in Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries. Click here for more information on Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries.

Collection methods for crabs:

- By hand; or

- Spear (see Using Equipment in Marine Waters ); or

- Not more than 2 hoop nets. From 15 September to 15 November each year, hoop nets must not be used, set or immersed in any marine water other than Port Phillip Bay, Western Port, the Gippsland Lakes and in any inlet; or

- Not more than 2 bait traps (see Using Equipment in Marine Waters ).

The number, size and shape of the equipment used is important. Only use legal fishing gear. Open top lift nets and opera house nets cannot be used to catch crabs.

Unwanted catch must be immediately returned to water with the least possible injury or damage. Put unused bait into a rubbish bin. Discarding bait (into the water or on land) is littering, penalties apply.

Remember, collecting for other people contributes to your bag limit. Click here for more information.

If you're looking for specific information on spider crabs, click here.