Giant Spider Crab Fishing Rules

You must have a recreational fishing licence to catch Giant Spider Crabs in Victoria unless you meet the exemption criteria.  Check here (recreational fishing licences) to find out if you need one and how to apply for it.

Size and bag limits

The fishing rules for Giant Spider Crabs are the same as those for all crab species except European green shore crabs.

There is no minimum size limit.

The bag limit is a total of 1 litre or a combined total of 30 whole or parts of crab from one or more species.

This is the total number of crabs you can collect and keep each day.  It includes Giant Spider Crabs and any other species of crab that you collect.

You can't collect crabs in waters less than 2 metres 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.

Outside of restricted areas the only methods you can use to collect crabs in marine waters are:

  • by hand
  • by spear (but not within 30 m of piers or jetties)
  • by using up to 2 bait traps
  • by using up to 2 hoop nets (Note: The closed season for hoop nets is from 15 September to 15 November every year. During this time, hoops nets can only be used in Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay, the Gippsland Lakes and any other inlet)

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.

Fisheries officers will be out and about during this year’s Giant Spider Aggregation, if it occurs, at Rye / Blairgowrie pier.  They will be monitoring the aggregation and checking compliance with the fishing rules using overt and covert patrols.

Disposing of fish waste and fishing gear

Put used or unwanted bait (carcasses, frames, guts, etc.) in bins. If no bins are provided or the bins are full, take it home and dispose of it in general domestic waste (i.e. your rubbish bin).

Don’t throw fish waste into the water because it can attract sharks and rays.

Pick up old cable ties and broken nets and put them in bins. If no bins are provided or the bins are full, take it home, and dispose of it in general domestic waste (i.e. your rubbish bin).