Crab, Blue Swimmer – Queensland, Pot
Blue Swimmer Crab is a tropical species found in estuaries and inshore marine waters throughout the Indo-Pacific region. This species grows quickly, reaches sexual maturity around age one, and lives for three to four years.
In Queensland, the abundance of Blue Swimmer Crab is uncertain, but several management regulations are in place to control fishing levels.
Fishermen catch Blue Swimmer Crab with pots. While non-target catch or bycatch is typically low, there is concern about incidental catches of vulnerable green sea turtles in this fishery. The fishing method causes low damage to bottom habitats.