राजीव गांधी जलकृषि केंद्र

(Aquaculture Technology Incubation Centre of MPEDA)
(Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India)
Affiliated by Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India.


Mangrove Mud crab Hatchery Project

The Mangrove Mud Crab Hatchery Project was initiated during 2004 at Thoduvai village of Sirkali-Taluk, Mayiladuthurai-District, Tamil Nadu.

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Green Mud Crab (Scylla serrata): Best species for Mud crab aquaculture for its Global demand
Scientific Classification
Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Crustacea
Class Malacostraca
Order Decapoda
Family Portunidae
Genus Scylla
Species serrata

Major Objectives

To develop technologies for large scale seed production of mangrove mud crab (Scylla serrata).

To develop Larval & Nursery rearing technologies.

To disseminate technologies to Entrepreneurs/Govt. organizations.

Salient features of the Project

The Mud Crab Hatchery Project has successfully developed the technology for mass production of Mud Crab (Scylla serrata) seed.

The project has consistently achieving 4.0-4.3% survival in hatchery operations against the world average of 3.5%.

Year-round production of Algae and Rotifer has been standardized. Algae strains maintaining in this facility are Nannochloropsis, Isochrysis, Tetraselmis and Chlorella. Rotifer (Brachionus sp.) and Artemia (A. franciscana) cyst & biomass also maintaining in this facility.

Enrichment of rotifer/Artemia is perfected by using 5 different algal strains to increase the health of the larvae and survival.

Rotifer production technology improved and standardized to produce rotifer of about 150-200 nos/ml in all the seasons in out-door section.

RGCA offering national level consultancy services for Mud crab Seed production technology to the private entrepreneurs and Govt. fisheries departments. Regular hands on training programmes are offering on Mud crab nursery and grow-out Farming practices.

Services offered:

Training programmes: Hands-on training programmes on-
Best husbandry practices of mud crab aquaculture
Mud crab Hatchery operation

Consultancy for Mud crab Hatchery constructions and operations
Mud crab Nursery and grow-out farming technology.

*For details please contact Extension Department, RGCA [email:]


Supplied more than 11.04 million Crabinstars/Crablets to 1096 crab farmers since inception.

Conducted 101 batches of hands-on training programmes benefitting 1,839 entrepreneurs.

Mud crab hatchery Patent

Here We Are

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Dr. D. Kannan

Senior Scientific Officer

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G. Senthil

Senior Field Officer

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S. Viswanathan

Senior Field Officer

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Scientific Officer

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture
Seabass Hatchery Project & Mud Crab Hatchery Project
Koozhaiyar Road, Thoduvai, Thirumullaivasal, 
Sirkali Taluk, Mayiladuthurai district 609 113, 
Tamil Nadu, INDIA.  
Tel : +91 4364 264502 to 264503 
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