Posted On 15 Jan 2014
The “walk” or “paseadera” are stages of two to three days which are repeated on three or four occasions between January and early March of each year. It is the time of the mating of crabs in the mangroves.
And that romance should be respected. Hunters of the crustacean in port Rome, on the Josefina and Escalante Islands, among others,know it and the change of the date of the closure season for the red crab, announced last Monday by the Undersecretary for Fisheries, has surprised them.
Now the prohibition to capture, transport, sale and consumption of the red crab will not be from today until February 15, but from March 1 until the 31. The previous regulation only applies to the blue crab, thus it was announced by Molke Mendoza, director of Control of Fishery Resources of the Vice Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries.
The capture leaders met to discuss the subject with the authorities, who argued that the change was necessary because in March is covered between 60% and 70% of the reproduction.
“If the mating of this season is not protected, which eggs will be protected in March?”, said Ricardo Carpio, President of the Association May 21, of Port Rome.
For that reason, Maximo Carpio Pazos, former leader of the crab hunters, said that they will impose their own ban during the romantic walks. There was one on Friday 10.
The ‘tour’ of La Candelaria on February 2, is the largest. Yesterday, Santos Moran, Jefferson Robles, Lino Carpio and Jose agreed not to catch crabs on that day.