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Making Blue Swimming Crab Fishing Sustainable in Vietnam

by Christin VanZant last modified Nov 02, 2016 06:40 PM
Contributors: World Wildlife Federation
Many locals rely on fishing for these crabs as a source of income. But, as one fisher noted, it’s grown more and more difficult to earn a living this way in recent years. As international demand for the meat from this crab grows, so too does the number of box trap and bottom-gillnet fishers swooping into the region from other provinces to get a share of the profit. And without proper regulations and detailed data, overharvesting the crab population is a very real threat.

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More than 20,000 people in Kien Giang rely on the blue swimming crab fisheries to support their families. It’s an essential source of income in a region with limited livelihood alternatives, so the fishery must stay both healthy and competitive.

 

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