Fresh crabs. (Photo: Conapesca)
Crab sustainable use promoted
Tuesday, September 04, 2012, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
The National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca) signed a partnership agreement with the civil Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems (ECOS) to promote and encourage compliance with a standard for crab (jaiba) responsible fishing in federal waters along the Pacific coast.
The main objective is to implement an induction campaign to the sustainable use of the resource in Sinaloa.
In this state, crab is an important fishery with an annual production of over 6,000 tonnes, generating thousands of jobs.
The agreement was formalized through Conapesca Directorate General of Inspection and Surveillance.
The Government and the NGO agreed with the productive sector organizations the performance of meetings related to induction for 60 days aimed at fishermen, managers, employees in processing plants and people interested in fishing from the towns of Navolato, Angostura, Guasave and Ahome, and Sinaloa, until October inclusively.
The goal is that during these meetings, the instructors present and provide users with materials that are easily read and understood, including manuals, self-adhesive guides for vessels, information boards and tools for measuring crab minimum catch sizes.
Together, these elements will enable them to know, learn and incorporate concepts whose responsible application into their fishing activities will increase "the degree of compliance, creating better conditions for the sustainable use of the fishery resource," Conapesca reported.
Through this initiative, the Commission also seeks to strengthen the Comprehensive Inspection and Monitoring Fisheries and Aquaculture Programme to Combat illegal fishing.
As to the use of crab, researchers at the Centre for Food Research and Development (CIAD) are working on the development of new materials known as aerogels, which can be used in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
Aerogels are highly porous, very small and uniform structures created from chitosan, which have the capacity to absorb various substances.
Chitosan is obtained after processing the chitin (polysaccharide) present in the waste of shrimp (head, shell) and the shell of the crab.
- Shrimp and jaiba crab discards used to produce 'aerogels'
By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member SAGARPA - Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion