Portunus pelagicus; Portunus trituberculatus
Philippines (Western Central Pacific)
Production methodWild-caught Pots (traps)
IUCN statusNot evaluated
Based on the biological and life history characteristics, this species is said to be quite resilient to fishing pressures and not vulnerable to overfishing. However, the stock is not well-monitored, with only limited information available on these species.
No information on the interaction with vulnerable species is available. Traps generally have low bycatch and the discard rate of this fishery is low. The fishery has low to moderate effects on ocean bottom habitat.
Each country has its own individual management system. A worldwide consistent management for the blue swimming crab would enable a common evaluation system of management practices. Few measures are in place and their effectiveness is unknown while enforcement is weak.
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