Hongze Lake Crab Breeding Base--Jiangsu
- Description: Hongze Lake, the fifth largest freshwater lake in China. Occupying an area of 2,069 square kilometers, Hongze has been dubbed "lake of treasure" for its abundant aquatic resources, of which crab is th
Hongze Lake, the fifth largest freshwater lake in China. Occupying an area of 2,069 square kilometers, Hongze has been dubbed "lake of treasure" for its abundant aquatic resources, of which crab is the most famous. Lake Hongze is located between 33°06′-33°40′ N in latitude, 118°10′-119°00′ E in longitude, and is the fifth largest freshwater lake in China. The lake’s northwest shore is the provincial border of Jiangsu and Anhui, and the rest are surrounded by two of Jiangsu’s cities, Suqian and Huai’an. Within the counties of this two cities, two counties are much more famous of breeding high-quality crabs, one is Sihong county, the other is Hongze county.
Sihong County, is located in the northwest Jiangsu Province, with 40% of the surface be coverd by Hongze Lake, it was named by the Ministry of Agriculture as "hometown of Chinese crabs." In Sihong county, Crab breeding area is 450,000 mu, accounting for 81.8% of aquaculture area, annual crab output is 30,000 tons, output value is over RMB 1.7 billion yuan, ranking first in China. At present, Sihong county has three crabs export trade enterprises, export volume reached 300 tons in 2008, accounting for 70% of the province's, ranked first for more than three consecutive years.
Hongze County is the second-largest county for breeding crab in Hongze lake area. The lake surface in Hongze county has 100,000 mu for breeding crab, and the crab bred in Hongze county won the title of "top 10 Chinese crab" in 2003. In 2009, the crab output here reached 10,000 tons, with the volume of large high-quality crabs for 6000 tons.