Montejo urges LGUs to adopt ordinances prohibitingharvest of crablets in the wild

November 19, 2015 11:19 am 

By Perla G. Lena

ILOILO CITY, Nov 18 (PNA) — Science and technology secretary Mario Montejo is urging local government units (LGUs) to also adopt ordinances that prohibit the gathering and selling of crablets outside their municipality of origin.

In his keynote address on Monday at the opening of the national mud crab congress that was delivered by DOST regional director Rowen Gelonga, he underscored that the adoption of the ordinance like what has been done in Northern Samar, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes could “stem the wild harvest.”

The said ordinance was introduced by the local government unit with the aid of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

Dr. Juan Albaladejo, regional director of BFAR 8 covering Northern Samar said that they now have a management plan for the blue swimming crab.

These crabs, he said, mature early thus they are prone to over exploitation.

In the plan, he shared that they set a size limitation for the catches, which is eight centimeters.

“We encourage other LGUs to establish lying-in cage where all the bearing crabs should be placed there before they are harvested. Even the bearing crabs are being used for their meat,” he said.

LGUs are encouraged to buy the bearing crabs and placed them in lying cage provided by BFAR and other non-government organizations.

Albaladejo added that the strategy has boosted the production by about 20 percent.

The said crab species thrives in Leyte Gulf, Maqueda Bay, Biliran Strait, Sogod Bay and Guiuan.

Albaladejo is currently in Iloilo for the first national mud crab congress where discussions among others focused on increasing the survival rate of the industry.

Mud crab has been cited as an emerging commodity in the domestic and export market with the Philippines now second to China in terms of production.(PNA)

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