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Keeping tabs on bay’s crabs SATELLITE tagging research is keeping tabs on some of the hundreds of thousands of spider crabs off Mornington Peninsula beaches after their early winter moulting event. Victorian Fisheries Authority officers, with help from others including Spider Crabs Melbourne founder PT Hirschfield, attached electronic tags to 15 crustaceans hauled aboard a research vessel last week. The crabs were in 13 metres of water and beginning their annual migration into deeper waters after shedding their shells off Blairgowrie. VFA director Dallas D’Silva said data transmitted from the tags would provide insight into the crabs’ movement characteristics: where they come from; where they go; lengths of time they spend in specific locations and the environmental conditions they experience. The US-made transmitters, adapted for use on the crabs and costing $2500 each, are designed to detach from their shells over a 16-week period. It is believed to be the first time they have been used in Australia. “We are very excited by this development,” Mr D’Silva said. “The information gathered on both male and female crabs will help us understand more about their lives post-moulting.” Ms Hirschfield said the VFA’s research efforts showed it was willing to engage with the community over the crabs’ welfare and not just their fishing values. “It’s one aspect on which we agree on,” she said. “We are also advocating for a no-take season on the crabs from AprilJune to prevent overfishing when they are most accessible.” The moratorium would be similar to those already in place in Victorian waterways for crayfish, abalone, trout and salmon. Ms Hirschfield said the SOS #SaveOurSpidercrabs petition supporting a crab no-take season now had more than 33,000 signatures. Stephen Taylor

Staying in touch: Dr Corey Green and Brent Womersly, of the Victorian Fisheries Authority science unit, have attached electronic tags to spider crabs. Picture: Naomi Strong - Strong Ocean Media

Have Your Say

Have Your Say

A safe cycling network for the Peninsula

Help shape the Peninsula’s Agriculture Food and Beverage Industry

Mornington Peninsula Shire is inviting the community to provide their thoughts on its draft RideSafe Strategy 2020. The draft Strategy aims to encourage more people to cycle on the Peninsula for transport and recreation, by providing a safe, low stress, integrated and connected cycling network focusing on the user experience. The four main objectives are : • Improve cycling infrastructure to reduce risk to users. • Develop a connected cycling network to ensure most areas of the Peninsula can be accessed by bicycle. • Enhance the user experience to encourage more people to cycle. • Educate road and trail users and promote cycling on the Peninsula.

To have your say visit:

How to Have Your Say Community consultation closes 5pm Friday 11 September 2020 Online

mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

Email with the subject line ‘RideSafe Strategy 2020’ to:

haveyoursay@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Hard copy consultation forms are available to be posted upon request by phoning Customer Service on

1300 850 600

Post Attn: ‘Traffic and Transport Team’ Re: RideSafe Strategy 2020 Mornington Peninsula Shire

Private Bag 1000, Rosebud, Victoria, 3939

mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is committed to supporting growth in the local agriculture and food industry and building resilience to climate change through sustainable farming practices. To achieve this aim, the Shire is undertaking research and consultation to develop a five-year Food Economy and Agroecology Strategy. The project will examine the region’s Agriculture, Food and Beverage Industry at an economic, social and environmental level and will consider the impact of recent shocks, such as COVID-19, on the economy.

To have your say visit:

How to Have Your Say Farmers, food businesses and industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete one of two short surveys at

mornpen.vic.gov.au/agrofood

Hard copy forms are available upon request by phoning

1300 850 600

The first round of community consultation is currently open and closes Friday 21 August 2020 For more information

mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

mornpen.vic.gov.au/agrofood agrofood@mornpen.vic.gov.au

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