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This article describes some unique fattening practices being used in the Philippines. Mud crab fattening is a relatively new practice in the Philippines. The technology has been
pioneered by the private sector, primarily to meet the demands of the domestic and foreign markets
by culturing marketable crab in a short span of time. Mud crab fattening pertains to culturing mud
crab from 15 days to 1 month so that they put on additidnal weight after moulting. Ovigorous
females are highly prized for their bright red roe. Fattening has also been resorted to by Filipino
exporters to avoid confiscation of underweight mud crab, export of mud crab weighing less than
200 g being prohibited. However, due to limited baseline research studies in mud crab culture and
fattening, practices vary widely in different parts of the country. The only documented technology
verification studies on fattening in bamboo cages was conducted in Capiz by Joey and Sylvia de
la Cruz of the Department of Agriculture, Roxas City.