Fishers to cop hefty fines for taking spanner crab this closed season

With the annual spanner crab closed season starting next month, Queensland fishers are being warned they’ll face hefty fines if caught taking the protected species.

The closed season begins in all Queensland waters on 1 November 2018 and goes until midnight on 15 December 2018.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Officer Russell Overton said the spanner crab closed season for recreational and commercial fishers is commencing earlier this year.


“The closed season starts earlier and will be 15 days longer under recent changes designed to provide better protection for the species during their breeding season,” Mr Overton said.

“The closed season allows the crabs to spawn, replenishing crab stocks to ensure a sustainable fishery for future generations to enjoy.”

PHOTO: Supplied – Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Anyone caught with spanner crabs during the closed season faces on-the-spot fines of $522 and a maximum penalty in excess of $130,000.

“Spanner crabs caught during the closed season should be carefully removed from the fishing apparatus before being quickly returned to the water,” Mr Overton said.

For more information on closed seasons for fishing in Queensland, visit, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from the Apple and Google app stores.