Mud Crab Fishery
Crabbing is generally confined to coastal mudflats and estuaries. Most commercial activity is concentrated in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Some fishers also operate along the north Arnhem Land coast, Van Diemen Gulf, Chambers Bay and west to Anson Bay. Commercial crab fishing is banned in all of the following areas: Darwin Harbour, most creeks adjoining Shoal Bay, Leaders Creek, waterways of Kakadu National Park. Mud crabs can be caught by using pots or baited nets. You may also use a small mesh net to catch bait fish for use in your crab pot. Both male crabs and female crabs - without eggs attached - can be caught in the NT. Size restrictions apply.