The Blue Swimming Crab Fishery Improvement Research of Walailak University is considered the best by The Agricultural Research Development Agency
The project of studying fishery biology, social, economy and the ecosystem related to blue swimming crab rehabilitation in Bandon Bay that complies with Fishery improvement program: FIP was the research led by Assist. Prof. Dr. Amonsak Sawusdee, Acting Director of the Center for Academic Service, Walailak University. It was considered the best project by the Agricultural Research Development Agency. Assist. Prof. Dr. Amonsak Sawusdee participated in the academic conference held by the Agricultural Research Development Agency titled “Beyond Disruptive Technology” and presented the research to Mr. Anan Suwannarat, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the Chair of the Agricultural Research Development Agency, and the luminaries.
The conference was held on October 8 – 9, 2019 at Vayupak Hall, Centra By Centara Government Complex Hotel & Convention Centre Chaeng Watthana, Bangkok, Thailand. Assist. Prof. Dr. Amonsak Sawusdee said that the project focused on doing research in Bandon Bay, where was a model blue swimming crab resource management center that its operation conformed to the basis of generally accepted international standards.
Its main mission was to strengthen fishing sector cooperating with public organizations and private sectors, such as Walailak University, Ubon Ratchathani University, Kasetsart University, Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya Trang Campus, Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University, Department of Fisheries, Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Hydro-Informatics Institute, Thai Frozen Foods Association, the exporters of blue swimming crab, World Wide Fund for Nature, NFI Crab Council and Marine Resources Assessment Group. The NFI Crab Council and Marine Resources Assessment Group were independent organizations assessed this research according to the FIP framework.
According to 2 years implements, there was enhancing evaluation fisheries standards in Thailand, Fishery Improvement Project (FIP), BLUE SWIMMING CRAB (Portunus pelagicus). Previously, this project began in 2017 from C-level then raisee to A-level in 2018 and 2019. Moreover, the research was applied to be blue swimming crab management in the areas. The results showed that it increased the number of blue swimming crab. From the beginning, the fishermen were able to catch less than 10 kg/ship/day rising to 15 kg/ship/day.
In some periods when the wind waves were very suitable, it would be 50 kg/ship/day and for commercial fishing, It would be 40 -60 kg/ship/day to 70 – 80 kg/ship/day and sometimes, it could be more than 100 kg/ship/day.
In addition, this research data was able to apply in terms of country policy for recommendation to declare the aquatic animal refuge area as nursery for young aquatic animals and suggesting guidelines for the establishment of a blue swimming crab bank and appropriate blue crab release points for increasing the survival rate of blue crabs in natural water sources as well as appropriate ecosystem management for the restoration of blue swimming crab resources, etc.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Amonsak Sawusdee went on to state that Walailak University cooperated with various sectors to organize the project titled “Returning Blue Swimming Crab to Nature” and establish 60 blue swimming crab banks in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani in order to release the zoea and young blue swimming crabs to the sea. In addition, the project conformed to the research plan of the National Research Council of Thailand and improved the blue swimming crab rehabilitation for sustainable development of blue swimming crab based on the basis of generally accepted international standards. It enhanced academic knowledge, the exportation of blue swimming crab, society and increased income and the output of blue swimming crab corresponding to Walailak University’s vision “Addressing community needs and striving for international recognition for excellence” with the Center for Academic Service being the center in driving social engagement. Assist. Prof. Dr. Amonsak Sawusdee was really grateful to the co-researchers, the fishermen in Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat, entrepreneurs and those who were involved.
The conference aimed at improving agricultural research development to propel Thailand’s agricultural sector towards excellence by applying research and innovation to strengthen Thai agriculturists and being a platform to present and exchange knowledge of Thai agriculture playing a significant role in technology.
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