Crayfish Winter Moult

If you are taking crayfish at the moment you need to check they are not soft. The females are moulting for the next few weeks. If you are not sure how to tell the sex of a crayfish, click on https://www.mpi.govt.nz/travel-and-recreation/fishing/fishing-rules/central-area-fishing-rules/

Once the females have moulted they will mate & move into egg phase. It is illegal to take female crayfish when they are in soft shell (this is for a few days after a moult) or have eggs. Most females will have dropped their eggs by September.

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