Crab, Swimmer, Red
(China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Pot, Bottom Gillnet, Bottom Trawl)
Swimming Crab, Swimmer Crab, Colossal Crab, Jumbo Lump Crab, Super Lump Crab, Lump Crab, Backfin Lump Crab
Blue and red swimmer crabs are found in the Indo-West Pacific. This recommendation is for the blue swimmer crab fisheries of India, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, and the red swimmer crab fisheries in China.
Each country uses a mixture of gear types to catch swimmer crabs. Impacts range from minor in pot fisheries, to high impacts in trawl and gillnet fisheries, with the potential to catch marine mammals, sharks and endangered sea turtles.
Some swimmer crab fisheries have designated restricted areas and/or marine reserves; however, these are not effectively enforced. In fact, there are few management strategies in place across all of these fisheries. There is a general lack of enforcement and monitoring and insufficient precaution used to protect crab populations resutling in an overall "Avoid" recommendation for these two species.