Crayfish harvest starts in local town

Fishing started over the weekend for local-farmed crayfish to compete with those from famed Xuyu County in neighboring Jiangsu Province.
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People fish for crayfish in Luojing Town, Baoshan District on Saturday as fishing started for local-produced crayfish.

Fishing started over the weekend for local-farmed crayfish to compete with those from famed Xuyu County in neighboring Jiangsu Province.

Villagers from Luojing Town, the city’s major agricultural base in the northern district of Baoshan, began catching its prized crayfish from ponds and rice fields on Saturday.

The crayfish is raised in ponds and rice fields covering some 86,000 square meters in an area near the mouth of Yangtze where water source is under strict conservation, the township government said.

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A boy shows a crayfish he caught from a pond in Luojing Town in northern Baoshan District on Saturday.

The town held a crayfish fishing competition on Saturday to open its annual crayfish harvest season. Villagers caught crayfish with bamboo rods and fish maw — the town’s traditional method for catching crayfish.

The famed Yangtze River hairy crabs are also raised in the ponds and rice fields in Luojing. The township government has also raised the long snout catfish for the first time this year in ponds covering a total of 40,000 square meters. The bruised long snout catfish is among the 10 “most authentic local country flavor cuisines” which are deep-rooted in local tradition and culture.

Luojing hopes to attract visitors to enjoy its farmland scenery and learn about its agricultural produce, said Yang Xin, the township chief.

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People fish for crayfish in Luojing Town, Baoshan District on Saturday as fishing started for local-produced crayfish.

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

People fish for crayfish in Luojing Town, Baoshan District on Saturday as fishing started for local-produced crayfish.

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