Crabs call for no fertiliser

Regional television will again feature the Save the Crabs, Then eat Them winter campaign, which urges residents to hold off on the fertiliser till spring!

The winter suite of advertisements feature local legend and actor, Myles Pollard, enjoying some fertiliser-free crab.

“Our message is all about enjoying the lifestyle we have in the South West. By being conscious about what we put on our garden we can protect the waterways and bays we all love.” said Sarah Molloy, South West Catchments Council Campaign Manager.

Now in its fourth year running, the hilarious campaign has won the hearts of the South West community, but it also highlights a serious issue. Rain washes fertiliser from urban lawns and gardens into drains and groundwater, where it makes its way to our waterways and threatens wildlife like the Blue Swimmer Crab. No crab should die like that. They should be smothered in garlic butter!

Local residents can get on board with the campaign again this year by displaying Crab Friendly Garden signs and bin stickers in their yards. If you see a one of these outside houses around town, you know the owners are off fishing and not fertilising this winter!

Head to the Bunbury or Busselton Bunnings stores to collect your sign or sticker, or contact Sarah Molloy at or 9781 3112. Residents who post ‘selfies’ of their signs and stickers on social media will go in the draw to win a Bunnings voucher.

This project is supported by the South West Catchments Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.