Considering the economic importance of blue swimming crab (Portunus pelagicus) in the Thailand-Cambodia-Viet Nam transboundary areas, the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project facilitated the conduct of Training of Trainers on Hatchery of Blue Swimming Crab at the Surat Thani Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Center in Surat Thani Province, Thailand from 10 to 28 August 2015. Co-organized by the Department of Fisheries of Thailand (DOF) through its Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Division and SEAFDEC with financial support from the Government of Sweden through the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project, the training course was designed to introduce the blue swimming crab hatchery technology, and share knowledge and experiences on blue swimming crab seed production. Specifically, the training was also aimed at building the capacity of officers from the Fisheries Administration of Cambodia in blue swimming crab hatchery operations.
The SEAFDEC-Sweden Project on “Fisheries and Habitat Management, Climate Change, Social Well-being in Southeast Asia” has been providing platforms for bilateral discussions between bordering countries around the Gulf of Thailand, such as Thailand-Malaysia, Thailand-Cambodia, and Cambodia-Viet Nam. As part of the Project activities, capacity building is being promoted with the objective of “Improving the Skills and Knowledge of Researchers on the Application of Technology for Conservation and Management of Shared Stocks”. One of such capacity building activities was the Training of Trainers on Hatchery of Blue Swimming Crab.
During the said training, six (6) trainees had gone through various sessions that included theoretical and practical sessions, and visited various places where crab hatchery is being carried out. Importantly, the trainees gained practical hands-on experience on blue swimming crab seed production; and learned the principles of producing blue swimming crab fry. At the end of the training, the trainees had improved their knowledge and skills in hatchery operations and grow-out technology of blue swimming crab. It is expected that after the trainees have returned to their respective places of work, they would continue their works in the hatchery of blue swimming crab to help increase the resources and ensure the sustainability of the blue swimming crab in the waters of Cambodia in particular and in the Gulf of Thailand in general. It should be noted that these types of training courses could be organized under the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project as and when necessary, to enhance cooperation and facilitate sharing of technical knowledge and skills among the ASEAN counties.