Culture of blue swimming crab, Portunus pelagicus in Thailand

Credit: Proyrat Chaowajaroenpong and Ong-art Kumprasert (Thailand)

The culture of blue swimming crab, Portunus pelagicus is carried out in earthen ponds. Appropriate water salinity for the blue swimming crab culture ranges from 20-30 g/l. Crabs are fed trash fish which is usually offered twice/day throughout the growing season that extends to about 6 months.  In the local Thai markets, the average market price is about 180 Baht/kg (about US$6/kg).

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