As Russian blogger and photographer Alexander says, this is the only Russian sea crab growing operation existing now. It is based in the Russian far east and was organized by the Russian Fish and Ocean Institute. They grow crabs in the shallow waters, and this is how they do it:
They started this business recently in 2013.
At first they wanted to grow only trepang or more known as “sea cucumber” favorite Asian sea food.
The growing of sea cucumber was easier. But later they decided to switch to crab as well.
“How did you come with idea of growing up the crabs?” Alexandr asked the manager of the company?
“Well the story was like this. In the beginning of the year sea police arrested some poachers with female crabs. The wildlife crabs were seized and placed in one of the tanks with sea water. While the crabs stayed there they gave a birth to small crabs!”
The nature police contacted us and offered this small crabs for an experiment of growing them. This way the company got 300 small crabs for the starters.
So they let them all into the controlled area in the seas.
They used those closed boxes as a place to grow crabs
The boxes stay under 11-12 meters deep under the sea level.
Here is the diver prepares to plunge and get one of the boxes with crabs.
They pull it on board.
This is a crab box rack.
All are waiting to see results if crabs have survived. The reason they are worried because this year the sea water temperatures are higher than crabs like to be in. Students came to see the experiment as well.
So they open the box and try to find the crabs.
Happily all of the small crabs are well and alive!
Each one is approx 10-15g weight.
So the students begin to count and weigh them individually.
“They become bigger”, says the lady, the director of the operation, “they got approximately 2-3 times bigger than before”.
They record everything and prepare to put them back into the boxes to put back under water.
They say that in wildlife those crabs are more vulnerable and rarely survive en masse. The boxes help them to survive.
Later they plan to prepare those bath tanks inside their plant to grow crabs indoor. This way they plan to speed up the process by choosing better foods and temperatures.
The Stanislav, CEO of the factory says they are ready to work with any company interested in such research.
“We have unique sea floors to grow anything and experiment here. We want our projects to be successful both commercially or scientifically”.
So if you are interested in growing crabs or other sea life and have ideas or projects you might want to contact Stanislav!
Great thanks to Alexander for the photos and the story, his website is below: