July 17, 2017

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Maungtaw crab catchers benefit from breeding season

Crab catchers enjoying good business in Rakhine State.  Photo: Thetka

Crab catchers are earning an average of Ks10,000 during the rainy season, according to local fishermen in Maungtaw Township, Rakhine State.
“Crabs are bred in rainy season and consequently the crab catching is good during this season” said Ko Soe Aung of Aungminglar Village of Maungtaw Township. Sea crabs are caught by placing traps in prawn ponds.  “Sea crabs caught from Maungtaw area are sent to Sittway through Angumaw by Hilux pick-ups. Daily output is three Hilux truckloads. They are sent alive to China from Sittway”, said crab trader U Tin Maung of 4th Ward of Buthitaung Township. “Dead crabs are sold to local consumers at a reasonable price.” Crab traders buy crabs from crab catchers at the price Ks15,000 to 25,000 per batch (usually a recycled 110-pound rice bag).—Myint Muang Soe, Aung Kyaw Oo

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