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March 14, 2014

Crab Farming Soon a Reality

The Ministry of Fisheries wants to diversify its aquaculture project and plans to turn to farming crabs.

The Albion Fisheries Research Centre starts at the moment in the experimental breeding crabs. If the project proves viable, selected around the island lagoon will host crabs. Thereafter, these crabs will also be made available to fishermen for breeding.

These crabs are reared in small boxes. According to a senior official of the Ministry of Fisheries, it will be the system Recirculating Aquaculture System ', which is the breeding of small crabs in individual boxes. He also recalled that a 'Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Sepang Today Aquaculture Centre in Malaysia and Mauritius for more exchanges between the two countries. "The crab farming will be around coastal areas. As a first step, a pilot project of 10,000 boxes of crabs will be launched with the support of the Albion Fisheries Research Centre ", has he told Le Matinal.

Another project being considered by the Ministry of Fisheries: seaweed farming also known as seaweed. "We have already started this culture at Rodrigues on an experimental basis. This can be very successful especially for the economy because many Asian countries consume this product, "he concluded.

 

Text by Le Matinal
 

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