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New Mud Crab Hatchery in Maharashtra


The Mangrove Cell, a mangrove restoration project in the state of Maharashtra on the central west coast of India, has received $1.4 million to set up a mud crab hatchery with the the potential of producing one million crablets a year.


Tamil Nadu is the only other state in India with a mud crab hatchery.  For the past two years, crab farmers in Maharashtra have been buying their crablets from the hatchery in Tamil Nadu.  N. Vasudevan, the chief conservator at The Mangrove Cell, said, “While flying in crablets from Tamil Nadu, some of them do not survive the journey.  Setting up a hatchery will make crab farming more profitable and reduce their mortality rate.”


Currently, crablets from Tamil Nadu are bought at a subsidized rate of about $0.25 each, and in eight months, when they are full-grown, they can be sold for over $15.00 each.



Sandip Gawade Shiroda, 40, a crab farmer from Vengurla, made a profit of $3,000 on farmed crabs in 2016.  He said, “Rearing mud crabs does not need too much work.  For the first month I keep the crablets in a 32-square-meter enclosure where they are fed waste fish.  Then they are released into mangrove lands or ponds that have mesh nets to keep the crabs within my farm.”


Source: Hindustan Times.  Maharashtra to Set Up India’s 2nd Crab Hatchery Among Mangroves in Sindhudurg.  April 15, 2017.


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