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August 23, 2014


Crab Farming


Because of growing export demand and high prices, soft shell mud crab farming has become a booming industry in the Yangon and Taninthayi regions of Myanmar.  Small juvenile crabs (60 to 80 grams) are collected from wild and stocked individually into plastic basket boxes measuring 4 x 6 x 6 inches.  In one 6,000-m2 pond, 40,000 crabs were stocked, and production was from 2.0 to 2.5 metric tons a month with continuous harvesting of 100 to 120-gram crabs.  The farming system is labor intensive.  Scylla serrata and S. olivacea are the dominant species.


Source: Infofish International.  Aquaculture Activities in Myanmar: Potential for Development.  Nyan Taw, Khin Ko Lay and Soe Tun.  Page 49, Number 4, 2014.

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