THIS year is the 20th anniversary of Mandurah Crab Fest.
Mayor Rhys Williams said Crab Fest celebrates the Mandurah experience: crabbing in the estuary with family and friends.
As a boy, Cr Williams learnt to scoop for crabs and last week he took a group out to Boundary Island to show how it’s done.
Mandurah Cruises staff shared the rules of crabbing and how to keep safe.
Participants pulled pots, used a crab scoop and measured their catch.
Visitors to the Mandurah Crab Fest will also have the opportunity to experience a seafood feast with Mandurah Cruises.
Participants will be able to cruise out into the Indian Ocean on board luxury vessel the Reel Affair II and help haul up pots, before handling and learning all about the crayfish from the experienced crew.
On returning to the calm waters of the estuary, guests can feast on the region’s fresh seafood including blue manna crab, oysters, prawns, octopus, seafood skewers and crayfish.
Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant owner Jason Hutchen said crowds ate about a tonne of crabs at Crab Fest.
Sharky’s Fish & Chips owner Dave Davies is preparing local snapper and thousands of crab and prawn arancini balls for the festival.