CAUGHT A CRAB?: Event organisers Sonya Coleman and Greg Limbert are encouraging people to enter their crabs in the Ceduna crab competition.CEDUNA’S crab competition is almost here.
The competition is held annually during the crab season when the blue swimmer crab start to ‘run’ anytime from December through to the end of May.
The competition will run from January 1 through until and including Easter Monday.
This year’s major prize in the adult section is a 370 Dart Qunitex tinny on a Dunbier trailer with a Yamaha 15 horsepower outboard with inshore safety gear and registration on the boat and trailer included – a fantastic prize provided by Boat Supplies in Port Lincoln with a retail price of more than $8000.
Registration forms are available at various businesses in Ceduna, which can be dropped off any time at BP Highway One – a small entry fee applies.
Once people have landed a catch they can take the biggest crab to BP Highway One and get it officially measured.
There will be weekly adult and junior prizes as well as the major prizes in each category at the end of the competition.
Crabs will be measured across the carapace with digital calipers.
Measuring times will be strictly adhered to; people can only have their crab measured between 11am and 4pm daily, and only one crab per person per day will be measured.
People may enter the competition as many times as they like and crabs will be given back to return to the wild or cook.
Most importantly, people need to observe the catch and size limits for blue swimmer crabs.
A local custom is to return females to the water. They are never as big as the boys and people do need to preserve stocks for the future.
With more than $10,000 in prizes on offer during the 10-week competition people would be mad not to get a crab net in the water.
For details call: Lynton Brown on 8625 2012 or Sonya Coleman on 0429 816 837.
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