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 humane and environmental sustainability of one of the country’s favourite pastimes.

“Having spent a lot of time with my family at my parents’ home on the canals in Mandurah, I’ve seen the first-hand 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, in the species.

The safe, 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 slip also guarantees that juvenile and undersize species can be easily released without the prying or ripping of claws from the net thus increasing the chances of survival and ongoing sustainability of the species.

The net is light-weight and load-bearing and even has the potential to be made from recycled plastic ocean waste. The solid componentry ensures longevity i.e. no knot and rope tangles, movement or fraying, which reduces 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, which is now in the marketing phase of production.