APRI Minimum Size

A hot topic of discussion that was recently raised in December 2013 at a stakeholder meeting in Semerang, Indonesia has since gone through to fruition.  The Indonesian Processors Association for Blue Swimmer Crab, APRI, will increase their industry commitment of a minimum size from 8cm to 10cm carapace width.  This increase is in light of recent findings that correlate mature spawning age of crab to carapace width in local fishery resources.  The regulation seeks to bridge economic viability for those dependent on the fishery and good science.   Further support will be needed from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), to help establish and enforce the legal minimum size requirements, inclusive of a legal management framework.