Callinectes sapidus is of significant culinary and economic importance in the United States.
First blue-crab experimental fishery underway
Monday, April 15, 2019, 21:00 (GMT + 9)
The Sub-Program of Benton Crustacean Fisheries and the Development of Fishing Gear, Capture and Technology Transfer Program of the National Institute for Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP) is carrying out in San Clemente del Tuyú the first "Experimental blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) fishery and comparison of different trap designs" survey.
For five days, on the Willie and Bernie coastal vessels, test hauls will be conducted to describe the distribution and relative abundance of the blue crab, in the fishing areas near the spa town of San Clemente del Tuyú, Lavalle port and inland channels of the southern zone of Samborombón Bay.
The efficiency of different trap designs for the capture of crabs will be evaluated, operational management will be optimized (anchoring times, distance between traps, mesh sizes) and the reproductive status and population structure of the fraction accessible to the gear will be characterized. fishing.
Bernie is one of the two fishing boats that will participate in the survey
This survey was coordinated in conjunction with the Directorate of Fisheries of the province of Buenos Aires, who requested advice on the biological-fishery aspects of the species, since it is a resource that has potential for its artisanal exploitation and high commercial value.
The results obtained in these tests will allow advising the province of Buenos Aires on management issues associated with the exploitation of the resource as well as artisanal fishermen willing to carry out directed fishing for the blue crab.