Hand-held implements

Hand-held implements

Hand-held implements

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Hand-held implements

Diver using a hand-held implement to aid in collection

Diver using a hand-held implement to aid in collection

Hand-held implements, such as spears, are used commercially to catch a few species of crustaceans and fish, although they are mainly used by recreational fishers. Hooks are used in Western Australia and the Northern Territory to catch Mud Crab in mangrove areas, but are prohibited in other states. The hooks are made from a small-diameter, round, steel bar, with one end bent into a right-angle hook, which is hooked behind the crab to drag it out of its hole.