To ensure reproduction of the red and blue crustacean type, the crab ban started today and it will be in force for a month.
In Guayaquil, the crabbers began their working day, yesterday, early in the morning in the mangroves of Puerto Rome and from the port of Caraguay, for the final catch. The people, aware of the ban, came to the market in order to get the last ones of this season.
This time the ban began a few days after than scheduled, due to a confusion that occurred a week ago for a change of date made by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries (Magap for its Spanish acronym), for a particular type of crab.
On January 7 that Ministry issued an agreement to establish the ban between March 1 and March 31, because according to the National Fisheries Institute (INP) that month is when the female lay the eggs. However, three days after, the agreement was revoked because a group of crabbers argued that the issue was socialized.
However, tomorrow will start the prohibition for lobster fishing and commercialization that will last until June 16, for the preservation of the sustainability of the resource.