Commercial crab fishing in Warnbro Sound is to be regulated, Fisheries Minister Gordon Hill said today.
"Warnbro Sound is important to both commercial and recreational crab fishers," he said.
"The two have in the past shared the catch in relative harmony.
"But recent increases in commercial effort resulting from new fishermen entering the area are putting pressure both on the limited resource and on the relationship between commercial and recreational fishers."
Mr Hill said crab fishing in Warnbro Sound would be limited to licensed boats which had fished for at least two months each year and had taken at least 600 kilograms of crabs per year in five of the past six calendar years.
He advised commercial fishermen not make any further financial commitment to fishing crabs in Warnbro Sound until the management of the fishery was finalised.