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Philippines to control juvenile crab and lobster trade

27 April 2020, at 10:30am

The Philippines Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has introduced regulations to limit the exploitation of juvenile mangrove crabs and spiny lobsters – species which are regularly caught for on-growing in aquaculture.

Two separate administrative orders released by the BFAR aim to regulate the trade in the two species, and members of this fishery, including growers and collectors, who now have to be registered with – and certified by – their local authorities, reports Business World.

Wild-caught juvenile spiny lobsters can be on-grown in aquaculture systems
Wild-caught juvenile spiny lobsters can be on-grown in aquaculture systems

“The catching of their juveniles and fry are intended for aquaculture seed stock that will be cultured for grow-out and harvested for food. Others, at the very minimum, are harvested for research purposes,” BFAR information officer Nazario C Briguera told the paper.

The transport of mangrove crabs and spiny lobsters is also subject to a transport permitting process.

“The guidelines were also to address the concerns of various stakeholders including our fisherfolk for the sustainable utilization of these high-value species (eg the observed drop in our lobster production in the past few years),” Briguera added.