December 4, 2017


Philippine 'blue crab capital' boosts production  



A major crab-producing town in central Philippines is stepping up its seafood production to meet increasing demand.


E. B. Magalona, known as the "blue crab capital" of Negros Occidental, a province in the Visayan islands, produces about five tonnes of blue crabs daily, which are mostly exported to the US, according to a report by the Philippine News Agency.


E. B. Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon said in a press conference in late November that demand for seafood products had been increasing and that steps were being made to ensure sustainability of supply.


Malacon said the municipal government had been conducting an aggressive campaign against illegal fishing, and had penalized numerous violators.


"We have provided all coastal barangays (villages) with appropriate fishing gear to ensure that their operations are in compliance with the guidelines provided by law", he was quoted as saying.


To ensure sustainability, the local government plans to establish a 200-hectare conservation area in Tomongtong village for blue crab production.


Malacon said regulation measures within the conservation area would be strictly implemented, especially during the harvest period.