The crab famers of Xinghua – a county-level city administered by Taizhou city in East China's Jiangsu province – are currently hard at work collecting, sorting and releasing baby crabs, also known as zoea larvae, into a special pond, with spring being the key time for breeding.
The 2,350 mu (156.67 hectares) crab pond lies in the crab industrial demonstration area in Xinghua. Anfeng town, where the park is located, has an overall crab breeding area of 140,000 mu that generates annual output worth more than 1.3 billion yuan ($186,39 million).
As a result, the crab breeding industry has become a key driver for the prosperity of locals.
Crab farmers collect baby crabs by the pond. [Photo/js.people.com.cn]
The baby crabs are then carefully sorted. [Photo/js.people.com.cn]
Crab farmers release the baby crabs into the pond. [Photo/js.people.com.cn]