Good Crabbing Practice
We all love the fun of dangling a line, with a bit of bacon tied on, over the side of the quay in the hope of catching the biggest crab. We want everyone to continue to enjoy this great seaside past time but we also want to make sure our lovely crabs don’t get hurt in the process.
If you follow our Good Crabbing Guide video and the list of 'Do's and Don'ts', it will ensure that our crabs will not suffer any unintentional harm and will stop them becoming too stressed. So here goes....
Do's and Don'ts
Do .... try to use the single crab line with a bag for your bait on the end - not the larger drop nets (crabs can get caught in them).
Don’t .... put too many crabs in one bucket. Stick to 10 per pail
Do .... add rocks and seaweed to the bucket to help replicate the crab’s natural environment and reduce stress
Don’t .... keep them all day long – return them to sea
Do .... change the water every 10 minutes to avoid asphyxiation. Only keep the crabs in sea water.
Don’t .... store your bucket in the sun
Don’t .... use a line with a hook on. Either tie your bacon on or use an old pair of tights/bit of net to hold your bacon in.
Do .... hold your crab correctly - gently hold it either side of its shell or pick it up with one finger on top of the shell and one finger underneath - avoiding the claws though!
Do .... remove any crabs who are fighting - male crabs tend to be more aggressive than the ladies.
Do .... make sure all the crabs are returned to the sea safely
Do .... remember to take all your equipment and rubbish home with you. Don't leave any crabbing gear on the quay.
Do ... go crabbing. When done responsibly, crabbing is an excellent way to introduce children to the marine ecology.