Sustainable aquaculture and aquatic resources management

Mud crab aquaculture in Australia and Southeast Asia

Published: 2/6/2004 | 2969 views
Mud crab aquaculture has been practised for many years in Southeast Asia, based primarily on capture and fattening of juvenile crabs from the wild. There is an unmet demand for mud crabs and this has led to over-exploitation in many areas. Difficulties with obtaining wild caught juveniles for farming operations, plus concerns of further over-exploitation, have led to major investments in research into hatchery techniques. To review mud crab aquaculture in Australia and Southeast Asia, ACIAR funded a scoping study, followed by a workshop to review the study and discuss status and problems in different regions. Those results are now available in a report edited by Geoff Allan and D.Fielder. This timely and interesting report can be downloaded from the ACIAR website.

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