As many as 1.6 million blue swimmer crabs have been released in Thailand’s Samut Sakhon province in the hope of preserving marine resources in the Gulf of Thailand.

According to Director General of Fisheries Department Niwat Sutemechaikul, blue swimmer crabs, also known as blue manna crabs, are very important to Thai economic growth, as nearly 3 billion THB worth of these crabs are exported each year, adding that demand for them is substantially high.

As most of the exported crabs come from fishing, not farming, the number of crabs has been rapidly declining, especially in the Gulf of Thailand, where crab fishing is prevalent. As a result, crab fishermen in Samut Sakhon face limited resources.

Therefore, the department was determined to release those crabs back into the sea in order to rehabilitate marine resources. The released were approximately 10-15 days old. It is expected that up to 25 million crabs will be released by the end of the programme.-VNA