Seasonal assessment of existing mud crab (Scylla sp.) fattening practice in Bangladesh
Keywords:Production, Scylla serrate, Fattening, Mud crab
The present study was conducted in the southwest part of Bangladesh from 2008 to 2009 in order to assess of mud crab fattening practice and its production performance between two different seasons. Generally two crab fattening seasons are observed in Bangladesh, one is the dry or peak season (October to May) and another one is lean season or wet season (June to September). Significant variation in stocking density was observed between two seasons during the study period. Comparatively higher stocking density and higher production was found in dry season in comparison to wet season. The reasons behind higher production and production rate were; the availability of the crabs and high market price for the crabs during dry season. On the other hand, rain fall, occurrence of diseases and natural disaster might be the cause of lower production of crab during wet season. Crab farming and fishery could play a sustainable alternative employment opportunity for the development of coastal people. So government should take some necessary steps for the development of this fishery.
Res. Agric., Livest. Fish.2(1): 135-141, April 2015
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