Kobe University professor visits tie-crab fattening farm and mangrove restoration sites in Northern Samar
A Professor of Kobe University in Japan who is assisting residents of coastal areas in Indonesia visited some fishing communities in Lavezares, Northern Samar in the first week of December 2016. Professor Fumiko Fukukawa wanted to study the techniques promoted by Trowel on tie-crab fattening and ecological mangrove restoration which she hopes to replicate in Indonesia.
Professor Furukawa learned the step-by-step process of tying lean crabs from the tie-crab farmers. She also visited a tie-crab fattening farm in Barangay Barobaybay and saw for herself the tied-crabs that were attached to the bamboo poles and with flaglets hanging on each column of bamboo poles that designate the sex and the weights of the crabs for easy manual feeding and harvesting.
Leonardo Rosario, executive director of Trowel, and the leaders of local fishers and women organizations also accompanied the professor to several mangrove restoration sites where she noted the robust and densely populated mangrove forest. She also observed that seashells have already habituated and proliferated in the restored mangrove areas.
After her visit, Professor Furukawa committed to exploring possibilities for a project partnership between Kobe University and Trowel Development Foundation, Inc. in the coming years.