Quadrats were made in El Salado Estuary, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México. An area of m 2 was covered, burrows of C. crassum. Author: Smith, Family: Gecarcinidae. Synonyms: Cardisoma latimanus. Photography: Arthur Anker. Scientific data: Coiba National Park, Panama. WoRMS. Cardisoma Crassum. Due to a lapse in appropriations, the majority of USGS websites may not be up to date and may not reflect current.

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One month after repopulation, the second monitoring is performed by the indirect method with the same procedure as was used to collect baseline data.

Then, the baseline is established using indirect methods, by which the number and status of burrows are verified to indirectly estimate the density, structure and biomass of the population. In order to reintroduce new individuals to an existing cardosoma, crab individuals are captured in estuaries with similar conditions to the estuary where the reintroduction is to be done.

Napa works in community tourism, and promotes organizational strengthening and mangrove restoration activities in communities. Trap placed beside a burrow the evening before the monitoring day. Ministerial Agreement of January 13, Dead crab found three days after repopulation.

Within the activities for ecological restoration of mangrove ecosystems falls the recovery of the mouthless crab Cardisoma crassuman important species that serves as food for families and forms part of commercial activities in community tourism.

Her experience includes working with local rural communities in strengthening community organizations and economic activities, protected areas management, and mangrove ecosystem restoration. Mangroves capture sediments and toxic substances contributing to water filtration before entering the ocean from the rivers Desalination: For this reason, community organizations in the Cardksoma River estuary have worked towards the conservation, management and sustainable commercialization of the mouthless crab, and to carry out activities to increase local species populations in situ.

An initial assessment is made to determine if the site meets the cardisomx conditions needed for normal crab development and to establish a baseline of the quantity and carrisoma of existing crab populations in site. August 15 to September In addition to serving as food for other animals, the mouthless crab helps conserve the mangrove ecosystem, as it accelerates the decomposition of organic matter during feeding. It works as a catalyst and regenerator of wetland plant communities, especially in mangrove and tropical humid ecosystems.

Even so, similar to other crassjm in mangrove forests, cardlsoma survival of the mouthless crab is negatively affected by mangrove destruction and overexploitation. A dense and tall canopy acts as a barrier, which protects against storms and hurricanes Filtration: As a pilot project, these processes include the use of both cardiwoma knowledge from communities, and scientific knowledge from professionals.

Starting inefforts to increase mouthless crab populations were started by community organizations in the Chone River estuary, the process comprising of the following:. The mouthless crab is protected by a closed season twice a year, cardsoma which the capture and consumption of this species is prohibited.


Land crab feeding (Cardisoma crassum)

Before reintroducing crabs in their new site, temporary artificial burrows are created with a one meter depth so that the crabs can use them until they are able to make their own burrows or choose to stay in the artificial one.

The mouthless crab Cardisoma crassum is a species of terrestrial crab from Family Gecarcinidaewith a bluish purple carapace, claws, and red legs. This process is accompanied by training and education of families that harvest the mouthless crab, and stresses the importance of sustainable management and enforcement of existing regulations. Similar situations exist with other species, such as crabs, in estuarine fisheries. The contamination of estuarine waters generated throughout the watershed garbage, sewage, agrochemicals from agriculture, livestock and chemicals from the shrimp industryhas intensified the presence of diseases affecting communities doing their artisanal fishing and gathering practices in the estuary.

Before reintroducing crabs in any given site, crab characteristics are recorded for each individual: The total number of traps depends on the size of the site, and the traps are somewhat randomly placed, considering only the size of burrows and location of burrows. As mangrove destruction has caused a decrease or extinction of a number of important species, including fish, clam, and crabs, that are an important source of food and income for local communities, community tourism creates an alternative activity that generates income for these communities, and allows these communities to maintain their connection with mangroves.

Crabs must be maintained in a corral for at least 3 days and fed so as to complete a process of internal cleansing.

Cardisoma Crassum

These areas consist of mangrove forests, marshes, estuaries, canals, lagoons, beaches and islands, whose ecological interactions constitute a number of abiotic and biotic components throughout the ecosystem.

In the Chone Crassuum estuary, the mouthless crab population has declined drastically in recent decades, mainly due to the mangrove deforestation by the shrimp farming industry, which has also led to the disappearance of a number of species in the estuary. Produce oxygen and capture a high quantity of carbon dioxide from the air Reproductive zone: The goal is to see an increase in the number of active burrows. Occurs during the crab growth period, when these crabs molt their carapace for a larger one.

The disadvantage of this indirect method is that you cannot identify the sex ratio of crabs. Making artificial burrows artificiales.

The next morning, the trapped crabs are checked and relevant information is recorded for each specimen size, sex, carapace color, if female has eggs and burrows size, texture prints.

FIDES works with schools in the assessment and recovery of ancestral knowledge of mangrove people, through training workshops in cardisoa and colleges, and related events, such as drawing competitions, speech contests, murals, among other activities. An important example of this is the recovery of the Mouthless crab in situ, in a process that combines ancestral knowledge and practices with new technical knowledge.


As a women leader to the Ecuadorian people living in mangrove communities, Mrs. Ministerial Agreementpublished in the Official Gazette from March 3, At present, she is President of the National Coordinating Corporation for the Defense of Craszum Ecosystems, which is a network comprised of organizations of artisanal fishermen, gatherers and members of the Council of the International Mangrove Network. Also, mangroves have been ancestral sources of food supply, used for charcoal and salt extraction, timber and firewood, tannins, medicinal herbs, and recreational activities including tourism.

The capture or harvest of the mouthless crab is an open-access artisanal activity, which generates income and serves as a food source for people in fishing communities that share these mangrove areas. Reduce the salinity of water entering mainland Source of organic matter: Measuring mouthless crab individuals trapped during monitoring.

Crab entering an artificial burrow. The main problems faced by these families are:. The process of ecological restoration of mangrove ecosystems in the Chone River estuary first requires a series of activities to reduce the main causes of deterioration, including mangrove restoration, which allows for the recovery of optimal conditions to recuperate the productive capacity of the ecosystem and its ecological functions.

The first results of this pilot project will be available Decemberwhich will be shared when available. In addition to their significant ecological role, mangrove habitats fulfill important economic, cultural, and social functions for the various communities settled on the banks of estuaries.

Currently, the shrimp industry prevents fishermen cardksoma entering due to the placement of armed guards, dogs and electric wire, which affects the right to free movement in public spaces, when in reality community livelihoods depend on this territory.

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Data registration before repopulate of crabs. In addition to their ecological role, mangrove forests fulfill many economic, cultural and social functions.

caridsoma It is terrestrial and live in J-shaped burrows which are one or two meters deep, built in drier soils within mangrove forests and in transition areas of humid or dry forests, as long as there is a brackish water source nearby. A strong, above ground root system stabilizes the shoreline by reducing erosion by providing protection from waves and tides Protective barrier coasts: Fishing in the estuary.