TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte — The city government is mulling on increasing the number of King Crabs or Mud Crabs to further help the fisherfolk to earn more.

The initiative was based upon the successful crab disposal activities last Jan. 7 of the city government at Tancuan Creek, Barangay Bincungan where over 500 crablets of the Scylla serrata specie of the King Crab, also known as Mud Crab, were released during the 1st Crab Seeding Ceremony spearheaded by the City Agriculture’s Office.

City Agriculturist Engr. Harold Dawa said that the crablets would grow to about 1.5 kilos to 2 kilos in seven months and could fetch an income of PHP400 to PHP600 per kilo.

The newly-released cast of crabs was hatched from the newly inaugurated PHP3-million Liboganon Multi-Species Hatchery, which has a capacity of hatching and producing a total of 76,800 crablets per quarter.

The city government intended to extend the knowledge of crab culture and technology to the fisherfolk after the initial crab disposal activities. PNA / northboundasia.com