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27 June 2010 :: 16:06:35 pm 27554

Horse Crab Numbers Rise after Successful Conservation Efforts

The number of horse crabs being reported in the waters off Sattahip and Jomtien have significantly increased over the past few weeks, in part due to the success of conservation efforts put in place by the Sattahip Administration Office an a reduction in trawling of the region.
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Sattahip, the 26th of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Sattahip Governor Mr. Narong Bunbanjert revealed an increase of horse crabs in the area, following research reports suggesting that conservation efforts had rejuvenated the population after over-fishing in the area had previously endangered the species existence.

Various local markets, restaurants and street vendors had been forced to remove the popular horse crab from their menus/stalls over the last 6 months as prices rose to almost Bt350 per kilogram (approximately 7 crabs). However, a successful conservation program developed by the Sattahip Administration has resulted in a rapid increase in horse crab numbers in the region, forcing prices down by over 50% at Bt150 per kilogram.

During the barren spell, many crab trawlers were forced to go far afield to attain a reasonable catch, the added time and cost forced prices up at local fish markets and consequently at many of the restaurants and street stalls in the region.

Researchers put the dramatic drop in horse crab numbers down to overfishing of the region, with the picking of horse crab eggs preventing a significant rejuvenation of the species. Taking heed of the research report Sattahip Administrators immediately restricted the picking of horse crab eggs, whilst artificial horse crab banks were created at Bang Saray and Samae San to stimulate a regeneration project.

The increase in horse crab number in Sattahip Bay has brought about a relative return to normal for the trawler company’s whilst the continued conservation and protection efforts laid down by the Sattahip Administration is expected to support the previously endangered lifecycle of the popular crab.

Reporter : Yanwarrut   Photo : Yanwarrut   Category : Community News

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