PCAARRD eyes higher blue crab production
The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) is optimistic that the national research and development program on blue swimming crabs will increase production of the very much in-demand seafood.
The program seeks to refine technologies on technologies on hatchery and grow-out culture and develop nursery culture of blue swimming crabs for sustainability and industry competitiveness.
The Philippines ranked 3rd worldwide and 2nd among the Southeast Asian countries in terms of producing blue swimming crabs.
However, while demand is rising, production has been declining due to overexploitation and habitat losses.
To make blue crabs ideal for agriculture, PCAARRD partnered with the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) and universities to undertake projects in several regions that focus on broodstock management, improved hatchery and grow-out culture operations, and development of a nursery technology.
The results of the projects will be disseminated to state colleges and universities, industry stakeholders, and crab farmers and processors.
The project is expected to provide additional source of livelihood to the coastal communities.