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Banking on the sea

Dr. Somboon is part of the team behind the South China Sea Fisheries Refugia initiative, a Global Environment Facility-backed effort led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), aiming to build the resilience of Southeast Asian fisheries and reduce marine degradation at the intersection of the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand. One of the key species in the project team’s sights has been the blue swimming crab. The crabs are a top export for Thailand, with the country ranking as the world’s fourth largest exporter over the past two decades. But they are under threat. Traditionally caught by small-scale and commercial fisherfolks using crab traps and bottom gillnets, the blue swimming crab population has suffered from large scale trawling operations, with the species frequently caught as bycatch by trawlers in both coastal and offshore areas. Read more....




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