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Building better blue swimming crab fisheries after the COVID-19 pandemic

03 Jul 2020 | by UNDP Global Marine Commodities Project
At 3 a.m. every day, Nining and her husband, Abdul Haris, fill a bucket with fish from a drying rack. Soon after, Abdul loads the bucket on his two-tonne wooden boat and begins his day as a fisher. The fish are the bait for the blue swimming crab (BSC). The couple, based in the East Java town of Pamekasan are among the 90,000 fishers from across the country who specialize in catching the crab species, calledĀ rajunganĀ in Bahasa Indonesia.