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Bangladesh: Fails to reap benefit as crab season closes early November 26,2019   |  Source: New Age BD

Bangladesh imposed a ban on catching crabs to ensure its breeding at a wrong time over the years which ultimately failed to improve production of the high demand export item, said a recent study. Khulna University teachers while unveiling the report on November 12 suggested the government to review the ban period of wild crab collection and called for extending support to farmers during the ban period through social safety network schemes. For decades, Bangladesh considers January and February as breeding period of mud crabs based on perception but the researchers found the actual breeding period of wild mud crabs was March and April when mother crabs release eggs and the fecundity rate of a mud crab is 20 to 30 lakh. Muhammad Yusuf Ali and Md Golam Sarower, professors of fisheries and marine resource technology discipline at Khulna University, conducted the study on lifecycle of mud crab.

They said to identify peak breeding season of the mud crab (Scylla olivacea), live crabs were collected monthly at every full moon during one high tide, about five to six hours, from May 2018 to April 2019 from the rivers adjacent to the Sunderbans in Shyamnagar of Satkhira. Detailed biological analysis was carried out at the biology and histology laboratory of discipline at

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