Mayor Rhys Williams shares the joy of crabbing in lead up to Crab Fest

Mandurah Cruises guests enjoy crabbing on Boundary Island.
Mandurah Cruises guests enjoy crabbing on Boundary Island.

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.

Skipper Van Peer and Mayor Rhys Williams.

As a boy, Cr Williams learnt to scoop for crabs and today he took a group out to Boundary Island to demonstrate how it’s done.

Mandurah Cruises staff shared the rules of crabbing and how to keep safe.

Then participants pulled pots and measured their catch.

Once on Boundary Island, Cr Williams took to the banks of the estuary with a crab scoop.

Mayor Rhys Williams and Deputy Mayor Caroline Knight show off the crabs in their scoops.

This was followed by sitting on the Boundary Island jetty and eating the catch.

Crab Fest Wild Seafood Cruise

Visitors to the Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest will have a unique opportunity to experience the seafood experience 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 our region’s fresh seafood including Blue Manna Crab, oysters, prawns, octopus, seafood skewers and freshly-caught crayfish.

The cruise will be on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 10 at 10am and 1pm.

Visit Crab Fest Wild Seafood Cruise.

Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant

Owner Jason Hutchen said crowds ate about one tonne of crabs at Crab Fest.

He is preparing fresh crab and salad and Sambuca prawns for his stall.

Sharky’s Fish & Chips

Owner Dave Davies is preparing local snapper and thousands of crab and prawn arancini balls for Crab Fest.

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