Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

CRABBERS CLAW BACK; Industry Pros Say Big Fines Needed to Stop Thieving

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

CRABBERS CLAW BACK; Industry Pros Say Big Fines Needed to Stop Thieving

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Byline: Declan Cooley Declan.Cooley@apn.com.au

PROFESSIONAL crabbers Bob Appo and Gary Grant share a birthday and a hatred for crabbers who raid crab pots.

They've been in the crabbing business for the best part of both their lives; and while the two pros say crab thieving is as old as the hills it is as bad as it's been.

Mr Appo is self-professed as the longest serving crabber in the region and somewhat of a local legend.

"I've been around crabs since I was born and I can remember when I started professionally in 1976 hearing of pros giving up the game because of the stealing," he said.

"Crabbing is very territorial and it has to be otherwise you'll get done over.

"Everyone does it and I do feel for the amateur guys because we're all after the same thing but it's our livelihood," he said.

Mr Grant - who now crabs further up the coast on the other side of Curtis Island - said he had to get out of Gladstone because he was losing too much to thieves. …

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