Good Design Award for Crab Crib

Crab Crib has taken out top honours in the 2020 Good Design Awards, winning the Product Design Sport and Lifestyle category, which recognises outstanding design and innovation.

Crab Crib joins an esteemed list of Australian-designed inventions that improve lifestyle, safety and sustainability for consumers worldwide.

In Australia, the widespread appeal of catching crabs for recreation is well documented. To ensure that crabs have a home in Western Australia in the future, Perth-based inventor Kate Goldie is breaking ground with her new invention, Crab Crib, ensuring the humane and environmental sustainability of one of the country’s favourite pastimes.

“Having spent a lot of time crabbing in Mandurah, growing up I’ve seen first-hand the damage and pollution created by the traditional crabbing nets that degrade and make their way to the ocean”  Kate said.  

“I was inspired to create the Crab Crib to provide ease of catch and release for undersize or females with eggs and minimise future environmental impacts.

The environmentally friendly, sustainable and humane design of the Crab Crib is garnering Australia-wide attention for projected improvements for the industry.  Features include wide and slippery strip plastic and surface that prevents the damage and loss of female eggs, which are stored in an abdominal sack and are at great risk of destruction from abrasive nylon rope nets and the associated knots. The slippery strip plastic also guarantees that juvenile and undersize crabs can be easily released without prying or ripping of claws from the net. This increases the chances of survival and ongoing sustainability of the species.

The net is light-weight and load-bearing, with the potential to be made from recycled plastic ocean waste. The solid components ensure longevity i.e. no knot and rope tangles, movement or fraying, further reducing the chance it could be discarded as ocean waste.

Following initial design, Crab Crib contracted Bibra Lakes-based Company, Form Designs to refine the design, patent and test Crab Crib. It is now in the marketing and production phase with pre-orders being taken.