Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rising demand fuels growth in crayfish stocks

Rising demand fuels growth in crayfish stocks

Rising demand fuels growth in crayfish stocks

THE number of young crayfish bred for resale has sharply increased during the first seven months of the year, as suppliers responded to increased domestic demand, according to a report from the Fisheries Administration obtained yesterday.

Approximately 630,000 crayfish – freshwater crustaceans similar to small lobsters – were bred at four farms from January to July before being sold to farmers to raise, Aquaculture Development Department deputy director Haing Leap said yesterday.

The Kingdom’s four crayfish farms, located in Takeo, Kampot, Kandal and Prey Veng provinces, have fetched approximately US$30,000 for the sales of its young crayfish this year to the end of July, and aim to collectively sell 1 million crayfish by the end of the year.

Mam Saran, owner of a crayfish-breeding farm in Chhouk district, Kampot province, said the market for young crayfish was better than ever, though the number of people purchasing the crustaceans to raise was still small.

“We are looking for people overseas to buy our crayfish to raise, because we have the breeding technology to fill many more orders ,” he said.

Mam Saran’s farm, covering 2,000 square metres, could produce more than 1 million young crayfish if production was fully utilised, he said.

The farm bred 390,000 crayfish during the first seven months of the year, while in 2009 it was able to breed and sell only 140,000 during the whole year.

A 20-day-old crayfish fetches 200 riels, or $0.04, and a 45-day old trades for 300 riels, officials said yesterday.

Haing Leap said young crayfish take four to eight months to grow big enough for sale, eventually fetching $20 to $25 per kilogram when mature.

“Nowadays, natural crayfish caught from rivers cannot meet market demand because there are too few of this kind of animal,” he said. Neither the Department of Fisheries nor the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries releases figures on the size of the crayfish catches.

In 2005, the Japan International Cooperation Agency provided Cambodia $5 million in aid to support a five-year project that provided training in crayfish farming.

Of the 70 farmers trained under this project, many are currently employed at the four crayfish-rearing stations.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey

  • Chinese living in Kingdom more than doubles since ’17

    The number of Chinese nationals living in Cambodia this year has increased to more than 210,000. The figure rose from last year’s 100,000, the newly appointed Secretary of State Sok Phal confirmed yesterday. He said: “Of the 210,000, more than 78,000 are living in Preah Sihanouk [province], but