Fisheries Minister Gordon Hill has applauded Cockburn Sound professional fishers who have agreed to stop crabbing until December 21 because female crabs are still spawning.
Mr Hill said the Cockburn Sound Professional Fishermen's Association had agreed to a voluntary temporary closure of the crab season after consultation with the Fisheries Department.
"The crab fishery season began in Cockburn Sound on December 1, but early crab catches have included a significant number of spawning female crabs," he said.
"With the best interests of the stock in mind, the association has decided to stop crab fishing until December 19.
"On that date, nets will be allowed to be set again and will be able to be pulled on December 21.
"The association has again taken a very responsible step - two years ago they postponed their crab season until eggs had finished hatching.
"The association has consistently shown that its members care for the future of the fishery, and their actions will greatly benefit the future of crab stocks - they must be congratulated for their conservation ethic," Mr Hill said.