Pioneer mangrove crab facility opens in Capiz

Pioneering the implementation of the technology for the production of mangrove crab, the Capiz State University (CAPSU) launched the Panay Mangrove Crab Hatchery-Nursery Facility at Brgy. Agojo, Panay, Capiz on February 16.

The Department of Science and Technology VI (DOST VI) joined the the inauguration represented by Ms. Juafe M. Abareles, the Provincial S&T Director (PSTD) for Capiz. In her message during the program, Ms. Abareles underscored the collaborative efforts of partner agencies and stakeholders united by a common vision of sustainable aquaculture and socio-economic progress.

“This initiative has been made possible through the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders – DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), local government unit (LGU) of Panay, Capiz, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), and CAPSU – all united by a shared vision of sustainable aquaculture and socio-economic development. Clearly, this interdisciplinary collaboration is an indicator that the innovation ecosystem thrives in Capiz”, shares Ms. Abareles.

The facility funded by the DOST-PCAARRD aims to implement technology in producing and sustaining a consistent supply of mangrove crab seeds in Capiz Province and neighboring areas. Implemented by the Capiz State University-Pontevedra Campus in cooperation with the Local Government Unit of Panay, Capiz, the initiative aims to establish and oversee a prototype nursery facility which will demonstrate the practicality and effectiveness of a commercial-scale mangrove crab hatchery nursery system.

The inauguration of the Mangrove Crab Hatchery-Nursery Facility not only signifies a leap forward in aquaculture technology but also serves as a testament to Capiz’s thriving innovation ecosystem. (MJADeloria, GRMarcon/Capiz PSTO)