On-the-Ground Updates

Blue Swimming Crab Supply Shortage From Bahrian & Tunisia in Southeast Asia During Apr-24

Frozen Crab
Mohammed Zafar
Published Apr 18, 2024
The ongoing catching ban period for Blue Swimming Crab in Bahrain has affected the supply in Southeast Asian markets like Taiwan and Thailand. There is high demand for the big-sized crabs (200+ grams) as the buyers remain over-stocked for the smaller sizes.

Moreover, the crab landing in Tunisia has also been adversely affected by windy weather conditions and Ramadan season in Mar-24 and Apr-24. Since March, most landings have been of smaller sizes. Due to this shortage of big-size crabs, the buyers are unable to place orders, and the supply is increasing with suppliers.

The supply conditions are expected to improve on May-24 after the ban period ends in Bahrain. The market can expect a temporary price drop from Tunisia until the landing pattern improves for the bigger sizes.
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