The Mud Crab Problem
Overfishing, climate change, and urban development across the coasts from East Africa to the bottom of South East Asia have caused the decimation of wild stocks of mud crab - a species enjoyed in soft-shell form in the West and in hard-shell form in the East.
Found in key mangove ecosystems, mud crab are commonly caught and sold to traders or placed in extensive farming systems when caught at a younger age - indications of an industry that lacks a sophistacted value chain for continuous production. This dependency on wild stock combined with strong demand for this high value species has caused a massive market imbalance that has seen buyers and end consumers paying higher and higher prices for this prized delicacy, while natural stocks continue to decline.
If nothing is done. the situation for ecological and consumer stakeholders will continue to deteoriarate with wild stock levels reaching dangerously low levels, local peoples devoid of a key source of income, and consumers bearing higher costs for this key protein.
Agrata is developing a suite of proprietary solutions that enable a sustainable, vertically integrated methodology for breeding, rearing, and producing mud crab for consumers around the world.
We are revolutionizing the industry from its foundations - catalyzing the transition of the market away from wild catch towards aquaculture, executed in a responsible manner that benefits local stakeholders, the environment, and consumers.
Sustainable larval supply
Hatchery to Table
Agrata has established the first purpose built, RAS based hatchery for the production of Scylla serrata crablets (the most demanded species of mud crab).
We select the highest quality broodstock for spawning - with the capacity to do full larval runs from Zoea to C1 stage in 4 weeks. At scale, this will alleviate the need to fish for wild stocks of young crabs from the wild to supplement global demand.
Developing Species Specific Innovations
Our developmental pipeline consists of key smart farming integrations and inputs that will be key to scaling the husbandry of mud crab.
This includes changes to process - including precision aquaculture tools to more accurately manage conditions that effect animal health as well as the formulation of species specific feed that will improve the feed conversion ratio (FCR) of the animals being reared.
Precision, built for purpose farming
Preserving mangroves with responsible scale
A Business Model for the Long Haul
We value the opportunity to develop a new aquaculture market from the ground up. Unlike other warm water species markets that have transitioned into aquaculture production, we believe that we have the unique opportunity to take a different approach to create large scale production in South East Asia with a focus on environmental responsibility.
Our post hatchery, extensive farming operations, both with partners and internal, are strictly bound by Agrata guidelines that restrict disturbing mangrove areas, ecosystems that are typically destroyed for the creation of ponds. Our goal is to utilize the thousands of hectares of underutilized pond land across the region to catalyze the formalization and growth of the industry - providing a new segment of jobs in aquaculture for rural peoples without affecting any of the sacred mangrove environments we should seek to protect for future generations.