ISSF: Small-scale Fishery Profile - Blue Swimmer Crab Fishery, Australia

SSF Profile

Blue Swimmer Crab Fishery, Australia | 1930
Fishery name Blue Swimmer Crab Fishery, Australia
SSF Defined? Not explicitly
SSF Definition (if applicable) The Blue Swimmer Crab, also known as ‘blue manna’ or ‘blueys’, in the Peel Harvey Estuary of Western Australia from the commercial and recreational fisheries.
Data time frame 1930
Contributor Laura ( )
Contribution date 10/29/2019
Geographic Scope
Local Peel Region Mixed Australia
Main Characteristics
Name Value Units
SSF type(s): Commercial
Ecosystem type(s): Marine
Ecosystem detailed type(s): Coastal
Other: Offshore Waters
Term(s) used to refer to SSF: Coastal
Other: Shore-based
Other: Boat-based
Main gear type(s): Other: Crab Trap
Other: Blunt Wire Hook
Other: Scoop Nets
Other: Hour glass traps
Main SSF vessel type(s): Un-decked/open (with or without inboard engine)
Average length of SSF vessel: 6 Metres
Typical engine size (HP): 65 Horsepower
Typical number of crew: 1 Crew members
Number of day fishing per year: 180 Days per year fishing
Total number of SS fishers: 50000-100000 Fishers
Percent of SS fishers full-time: 1 Percent
Percent of SS fishers women: 14 Percent
Total number of households in the location: 34090 Households
Percent of households participating in SSF: Percent
Percent of household income from SSF (harvest and post-harvest: Percent
Post-harvest activity(ies) in the location: Processing (cooking, drying, salting, smoking, etc.)
Percent of women in post-harvest: 10 Percent
Percent of children in post-harvest: 1 Percent
Percent of total income or GDP in the location coming from SSF: Percent
Other non-fishing livelihood activities SS fishing people participate in:
SSF market and distribution channel(s): Retained for household consumption and given to family/friends - 43 Percent
Sold in local markets - 57 Percent
Number of years SSF have existed in the location: More than 100 years
How are SS fishers regarded by other members of society? Highly (fishers are well recognized for their contributions to the society)
Is fishing considered (by SS fishers) an occupation of last resort? No
Governance mode(s) in SSF: Co-management/co-governance
Top-down/hierarchical governance
Property rights held by SS fishers: Collective/communal
Access held by SS fishers: Secured
Key rules, regulations, instruments and measures used to manage SSF: License/permit
Catch limit
Seasonal closure
Gear restriction
Vessel restriction
Community-based rights systems
Major concerns/issues affecting SSF (which make them vulnerable or threaten their viability: Climate/environmental changes

Common species name: Blue Swimmer Crab     Scientific/Latin species name: Portunus armatus    Landings (t): 185
Peel-Harvey Catchment Council Type: Non-profit organization Scope: Sub-national
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81% Completed
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