The Darwin Aquaculture Centre has bred crablets from mudcrabs caught near Maningrida. A pilot project commencing with 500 of these crablets will be run by the Indigenous community at Maningrida with support from NT Fisheries Officers.
Mangroves in the area will not be cleared, as the method of farming is dependent on keeping the environment inside the enclosure as natural as possible. The crabs will be raised in a protected netted area partly in the mangroves and partly in the water, allowing low intensity farming.
If commercially viable other communities may set up similar ventures.
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