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February 17, 2015

Bangladesh

Mud Crab Hatchery and Farming

 

For years, mud crab farming has been expanding in the coastal districts of Bangladesh, and mud crab exports make a significant contribution to the country’s foreign exchange earnings and benefit the farmers and those who collect the wild seedstock.

 

To introduce hatchery production technology for mud crabs, the Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI), WorldFish and the USAID-Agriculture for Income and Nutrition (AIN) jointly conducted a spawning trial.  Egg-laden (berried) female crabs were collected from the mangrove areas around Cox’s Bazar in southeast Bangladesh.  After the eggs hatched, a total of 1.9 million larvae (zoea-1) were obtained from a single brood crab.  Erik H. J. Keus, leader of the AIN project in Bangladesh, said, “Availability of crab seed from a hatchery will reduce pressure on the wild crabs of the Sundarbans and will increase availability of crab seed for growout, leading to higher production without interruptions due to shortage of seed”.

 

Chief Scientific Officer of BFRI, Dr. Enamul Haque, said if the joint effort of the Marine Fisheries and Technology Station, BFRI and WorldFish succeeds in producing crablets for the first time, a hatchery project would be implemented by the Department of Fisheries (DoF) and BFRI in Khulna and Cox’s Bazar regions.

 

Source: BSSNews.com.  Mud Crab Farming Expanding Fast as an Industry in Coastal Bangladesh.  February 12, 2015

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