Monitoring of the Mud crab stocks is the Key to Successful Production(Prepared by Edmundo Enderez)Mud crab (Scylla serrata) culture in pond, pen, and cages require close monitoring of the stocksin order to know what appropriate measure will be adopted to enhance technical feasibility andfinancial viability of the project. This paper is written based on several experiences of theauthor in providing assistance to different mud crab culture projects in Surigao, Samar, Bohol,and Cabusao.In monitoring, the data periodically gathered are: carapace width and corresponding weight on aweekly basis of each mud crab caught using crab lift net or “bintol”, actual feed consumed(based on what remains in the feeding tray or specific feeding spot of the pond) against requiredamount on a daily basis. The data can be used in determining the following: 1) condition of stock (thin/empty or full/good/robust), 2) growth rate (average, slow, fast), 3) nutrition fromfeeds (adequate or not) given, and 4) estimated number of stocks.1.Condition of the stocksa.The Graph below shows the plotted data on carapace width and weight of mud crab beingcultured for fattening. Plots above the yellow/red line indicate that the male/female mud crab isin good condition while those below the yellow/red line indicate that the male/female mud crabis in thin condition. This is the so-called graphical approach in determining mud crab condition.
Condition of Stocks (thin or meaty or robust)