Sand Crabs have a pink shell and two identifiable dark red or purple-coloured spots. They generally have softer meat than Blue Swimmer Crabs.
Cooking Sand Crab
Medium to firm
Sweet subtle flavour
Ice or refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Best consumed immediately.
Boiled, cook by steaming, grill or BBQ.
Sparkling white wine or Riesling
Catching Sand Crab
Sand Crabs are found in sandy silty areas including along surf beaches.
When using nets to catch crabs (e.g. hoop or drop nets) in marine waters from a jetty or boat, fish can be used to entice the crabs into the net.
All year round
Fish or fish-based products.
A Sand Crab size must be 10 cm across the carapace.
Drop net or hoop net.
Sand Crabs have sharp claws and should be handled using gloves, tongs, or pliers.