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This instrument declares that Crazy Crabs is an approved Wildlife Trade Operation for the wild harvest and commercial export of Land Hermit Crabs (Coenobita variabilis) from Western Australia.
Administered by: Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
Registered 21 Dec 2021
To be ceased 22 Dec 2024
Ceased by Self Ceasing

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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999





I, Adam Sincock, Principal Director, Wildlife Trade Office, as Delegate of the Minister for the Environment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, am satisfied that an operation conducted by Crazy Crabs to harvest and export Land Hermit Crabs (Coenobita variabilis), is a small-scale operation, as defined by regulation 9A.20(2) under subsection 303FN(10) (b). I declare under subsection 303FN (2) that Crazy Crabs is an approved wildlife trade operation.


This declaration has effect subject to the following conditions applied under S303FT:


1.      The operation is to be undertaken in accordance with the proposal submitted to the department on 1 September 2021.

2.      Harvest for export is restricted to the Land Hermit Crab (Coenobita variabilis).

3.      The number of Land Hermit Crabs exported annually must not exceed 20,000 specimens.

4.      Harvest must not occur in prohibited fishing zones within recognised Ramsar sites.

5.      All activities covered by this approval must be carried out in accordance with the necessary permits and approvals as required under state and Commonwealth laws.

6.      Relevant West Australian fishing licences must be provided to the department within 14 days of their renewal.

7.      Crazy Crabs must submit annual reports to the department by 30 November each year. Annual reports must include the total number of Land Hermit Crabs harvested and exported overseas, harvesting locations and mortality rates.

8.      This declaration is valid for three years from the date after its registration on the Federal Register of Legislation.


Dated this 15th day of December 2021


Adam Sincock


Delegate of the Minister for the Environment















A person whose interests are affected by this declaration may, within 28 days, make an application in writing to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment for the reasons for the decision.


An application for independent review of the decision (under section 303GJ(1) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999) may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), on payment of the relevant fee (currently $1,826 or reduced fee where applicable due to financial hardship) by the applicant, either within 28 days of receipt of the reasons for the decision, or within 28 days of this declaration if reasons for the decision are not sought. Applications should be made to the Deputy Registrar, AAT in your Capital City. Please visit the AAT’s website at http://www.aat.gov.au/ for further information.


You may make an application under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) to access documents relevant to this decision. For further information, please visit http://www.environment.gov.au/foi/index.html.

Further enquiries should be directed to the Director, Wildlife Trade Assessments Section, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, by email: wta@awe.gov.au or telephone: (02) 6274 1900 (option 2).