Project Final Report: A strategic assessment of mud crab farming potential in brackishwater stretches between Velas and Dabhol in the Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra

Vinod, K and Asokan, P K and Zacharia, P U and Kaladharan, P and Singh, V V and Dineshbabu, A P and Sanil, N K and Sawant, D D and Anasu Koya, A (2016) Project Final Report: A strategic assessment of mud crab farming potential in brackishwater stretches between Velas and Dabhol in the Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra. Technical Report. ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi. (Submitted)

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    Abstract

    The State of Maharashtra has vast stretches of estuaries, creeks and mangrove swamps which would have great potential for aquaculture. The mud crab, Scylla serraCa is one good candidate species which has great demand in local markets as well as in the export trade and commands a premium price. The lucrative price for mud crabs, both in the domestic and international markets has made many coastal communities to opt for mud crab farming as one of the enterprise. The Department of Forests, Government of Maharashtra aims to promote mud crab farming in the state of Maharashtra considering the vast natural resources like the estuaries, tidal creeks and mangrove swamps which the state is endowed with and also considering the market potential. This novel approach aims at providing livelihood support to the local communities utilizing the mangrove wetlands, and thereby the local communities also shoulder the responsibility of conservation of mangroves. In this backdrop, GIZ-CMPA Maharashtra Project on 'Conservation and Sustainable Management of Existing and Potential Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in Maharashtra' supported the programme in which the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Mangrove Cell of the Maharashtra Forest Department and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH are the implementing partners.

    Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: strategic assessment; mud crab; mud crab farming; brackishwater stretches; Velas; Dabhol; Ratnagiri District; Maharashtra
    Subjects: Aquaculture > Farming/Culture
    Aquaculture
    Crustacean Fisheries > Crabs
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kozhikode
    CMFRI-Mangalore
    CMFRI-Mumbai
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2017 05:45
    Last Modified: 17 Mar 2017 09:56
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/11630

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