Mud Crab Fishing

Stock Photography By David C Hancock

Mud crabs are caught along the coast of Australia and are particularly common in the north. One of the most productive areas is in the Gulf of Carpentaria at the mouth of the Roper River, where several groups have established a settlement to capture the creatures. They use small dinghies that are tossed on the cross-currents of the Roper and Gulf to set and bring up crab pots for about nine months of the year - a tough life.

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1. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The camp of father and son Sam and Sovann Em on the bank of the Roper River

2. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The camp of father and son Sam and Sovann Em on the bank of the Roper River

3. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The camp of Vu, Tam and Dung Nguyen on the bank of the Roper River. Mud crabber leaves early morning for traps

4. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Vu Van Nguyen checks his pots in the sea outside the mouth of the Roper River

5. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Tam Van Nguyen (check shirt) and Vu Van Nyguen load baskets of mud crabs for transport to Darwin and distribution around Australia

6. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The camp of father and son Sam and Sovann Em on the bank of the Roper River

7. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The camp of Vu, Tam and Dung Nguyen on the bank of the Roper River

8. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Vu Van Nguyen checks his pots in the sea outside the mouth of the Roper River

9. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Vu Van Nguyen checks his pots in the sea outside the mouth of the Roper River

10. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Vu Van Nguyen ties the mud crabs he has caught so their nippers/claws are restrained

11. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Vu Van Nguyen ties the mud crabs he has caught so their nippers/claws are restrained

12. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Vu Van Nguyen checks his pots in the sea outside the mouth of the Roper River

13. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Vu Van Nguyen checks his pots in the sea outside the mouth of the Roper River

14. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria

15. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Vu Van Nguyen ties the mud crabs he has caught so their nippers/claws are restrained

16. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Vu Van Nguyen checks his pots in the sea outside the mouth of the Roper River

17. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Vu Van Nguyen ties the mud crabs he has caught so their nippers/claws are restrained

18. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Tam Van Nguyen (driving) and brother Dung in a dinghy at the family's camp on the banks of the Roper

19. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Tam Van Nguyen (right) and brother Dung in their camp on the banks of the Roper

20. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Vu Van Nguyen sits on the verandah of his cabin

21. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Vu Van Nguyen ties the mud crabs he has caught so their nippers/claws are restrained

22. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Vu Van Nguyen ties the mud crabs he has caught so their nippers/claws are restrained

23. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Tam Van Nguyen (driving) and brother Dung in a dinghy at the family's camp on the banks of the Roper

24. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - L to R: Dung Nguyen, brother Tam, brother Vu (right) and Vu's wife Viviana (second from right).

25. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Camp at Roper River mouth - Tam Van Nguyen (left) and Dung Van Nguyen before dinner

26. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Camp at Roper River mouth - Dung Van Nguyen heads out for the day with crocodile in the river

27. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Camp at Roper River mouth - Vu Van Nguyen heads off early in the morning

28. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Camp at Roper River mouth - boats head off early in the morning

29. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria - Vu Van Nguyen sits on the verandah of his cabin

30. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Camp at Roper River mouth - Dung Van Nguyen

31. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Camp at Roper River mouth - Vu Van Nguyen heads out for the day

32. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Camp at Roper River mouth - Vu Van Nguyen heads off early in the morning

33. Mud Crab Fishing. Aquaculture - mud crabs

34. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabs are sorted in Darwin's rural area and then transported to Toll where they are weighed and loaded for air freight to other parts of Australia. Sorting and packing at Bevwood Crabs, Humpty Doo.

35. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabs are sorted in Darwin's rural area and then transported to Toll where they are weighed and loaded for air freight to other parts of Australia. Sherwood Thorbjornsen of Bevwood Crabs, Humpty Doo, and Rob Warfe, general freight manager of Toll, unload mud crabs bound for interstate via Virgin Airlines.

36. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabs are sorted in Darwin's rural area and then transported to Toll where they are weighed and loaded for air freight to other parts of Australia. Sherwood Thorbjornsen of Bevwood Crabs, Humpty Doo, and Rob Warfe, general freight manager of Toll, unload mud crabs bound for interstate via Virgin Airlines.

37. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabbers fish for mud crabs at the mouth of the Roper River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Camp at Roper River mouth - boats head off early in the morning

38. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabs are sorted in Darwin's rural area and then transported to Toll where they are weighed and loaded for air freight to other parts of Australia. Sorting and packing at Bevwood Crabs, Humpty Doo.

39. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabs are sorted in Darwin's rural area and then transported to Toll where they are weighed and loaded for air freight to other parts of Australia

40. Mud Crab Fishing. Mud crabs are sorted in Darwin's rural area and then transported to Toll where they are weighed and loaded for air freight to other parts of Australia. Sherwood Thorbjornsen of Bevwood Crabs, Humpty Doo, and Rob Warfe, general freight manager of Toll, unload mud crabs bound for interstate via Virgin Airlines.

 

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