Fishers group in Aklan leads way to mangrove-friendly mudcrab culture
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Raising mudcrab in tidal flats with existing mangroves is a feasible and economically profitable livelihood alternative for fishers. And this is environment-friendly. This was confirmed in a mucrab technology verification project of the Kalibo Save the Mangrove Association (KASAMA), a fishers' organization in barangay Buswang, Kalibo Aklan, in cooperation with the Iloilo-based Southeast Asain Fisheries Development Center's aquaculture department (Seafdec/AQD), the local government of Kalibo, the CENRO of the DENR, and USWAG, a non-government organization. Seafdec/AQD's Avelino Trino, project leaders, and Francisco Sutoniel, KASAMA chair, report that the mudcrab project cultures the giant crab (Scylla serrata) and the native crab (Scylla olivacea) in nylon net-enclosed pens in a 2,400-square meter area within a 50-hectare reforested mangrove in a tidal flat.
Fishers group in Aklan leads way to mangrove-friendly mudcrab culture. (1999, October 30-31). Daily Informer, pp. B1, B4.
Fishers; Crab culture; Aquaculture; Tidal flats; Livelihoods; Mangroves; Return on investment; Aquaculture economics; Stocking density; Mangrove conservation; Scylla serrata; Scylla olivacea; Kalibo Save the Mangrove Association (KASAMA); Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/ Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD); Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO); Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); USWAG; Triño, Avelino; Sutoniel, Francisco; Platon, Rolando; Agbayani, Renato
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