Giant Spider Crabs - Southern Port Phillip Bay

Giant Spider Crabs

During the winter months the Giant Spider Crab population migrate to the shallow water locations in the south of Port Phillip Bay, often seen at Blairgowrie and Rye piers. It is here that they moult in large numbers, giving coastal users an insight into the world of the exceptional Spider Crab and to witness this unique event. 

For further information regarding the Spider Crabs, recreational fishing rules (size and bag limits), and any queries should be directed to the Victorian Fisheries Authority via the following link:

Mornington Peninsula Shire Advocacy

Since the 2020 Spider Crab aggregation, Mornington Peninsula Shire have written two letters regarding the Spider Crabs to the responsible authority on marine animals, the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA). These letters address concerns the Shire have with the sustainability of the aggregation event and its future management. These can be found below.

Mornington Peninsula Shire letters:

20200710-Spider-Crab-Letter-to-Minister-for-Fishing-and-Boating.pdf(PDF, 460KB)

210318-Spider-Crab-Letter-to-VFA.pdf(PDF, 450KB)