Market potential and challenges for expanding the production of sea cucumber in South-East Asia

The marketing system for sea cucumber in South-East Asia is generally inefficient, and marketing channels are multilayered. Information asymmetry encourages proliferation of redundant players in the distribution system, while high transaction costs keep the overall marketing margin high but the price received by collectors low. This paper is limited to establishing the major features of the marketing system for sea cucumber in South-East Asia.

Echinoderms piggybacking on sea cucumbers: Benign effects on sediment turnover and movement of hosts

Sea cucumbers (Holothuroidea) are known to host ectocommensal animals but echinoderm epibionts have never been reported nor their effects on hosts appraised quantitatively. At one location in New Caledonia, we found a high number of ophiuroids (Ophiothela cf. danae) and synaptid sea cucumbers (Synaptula media and Synaptula sp.) living on the bumpy external body wall of sea cucumbers, Stichopus herrmanni.

Democratic Yemen fisheries: cuttlefish and sea cucumber

Cuttlefish form the largest fishery in the coastal waters of the Yemen; Sepia pharonis is the commercial variety fished. Details are given of the fishing season, overfishing, foreign collaboration and regulation measures. Sea cucumbers (Holothuria scabra ) are also abundant in the coastal waters of the Gulf of Aden. Details of the fishery and marketing aspects are included.

Value chain analysis for sea cucumber in the Philippines

This study examined the sea cucumber industry in the Philippines through the value chain lens. The intent was to identify effective pathways for the successful introduction of sandfish culture as livelihood support for coastal communities. Value chain analysis is a high-resolution analytical tool that enables industry examination at a detailed level. Previous industry assessments have provided a general picture of the sea cucumber industry in the country.

Status and management of the sea cucumber fishery of La Grande Terre, New Caledonia. Programme ZoNéCo

From October 2006 to May 2008, The WorldFish Center coordinated a ZoNéCo project to provide support to the Southern and Northern Provinces for decisions about how best to manage the sea cucumber fishery around La Grande Terre. We collected data during underwater population surveys, questionnaire-based interviews with fishers and processors, and landing catch surveys. A core aim was to furnish the Provinces with ‘ballpark’ estimates of the abundance and density of commercially important sea cucumbers on 50 lagoon and barrier reefs.

Spawning induction of three tropical sea cucumbers, Holothuria scabra, H. fuscogilva and Actinopyga mauritiana

The current study examines induced spawning in three commercially important tropical sea cucumbers: sandfish (Holothuria scabra), white teatfish (H. fuscogilva) and surf redfish (A. mauritiana). This research forms part of a project to assess the potential for releasing cultured juveniles to restore depleted stocks (Battaglene and Bell, 1999; Battaglene, 1999). The study concentrates on H. scabra because it appears to have the most potential for aquaculture and stock enhancement (James, 1996; Battaglene and Bell, 1999; Battaglene et al., 1999).

How to produce 100 tonnes of sandfish

The article is based on an ongoing collaboration in Vietnam between the WorldFish Center (formerly ICLARM) and the Ministry of Fisheries, at the Research Institute for Aquaculture No. 3, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province. The work described is oriented towards regions near the equator, where induced spawning of on-grown broodstock should be possible over about 10 months of the year. A shorter breeding season (in subtropical areas) would necessitate bigger installations, but a larger market size would have the opposite effect.

Economics and management strategies for restocking sandfish in Vietnam

This paper assesses the costs and benefits of a proposed project for restocking sandfish (Holothuria scabra) in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. It identifies the key stakeholders, institutional framework, management and financing required for its implementation. The recommended management strategy includes a 50 percent harvest at optimum size. Limiting the number of boats fishing an area, possibly through licensing, can control the number of sandfish removed. The easiest way to prevent harvesting of undersized sandfish is to control the size of processed sandfish from processors.

Diel burying by the tropical sea cucumber Holothuria scabra: effects of environmental stimuli, handling and ontogeny

Understanding concealment behaviour of marine animals is vital for population surveys and captive-release programmes. The commercially valuable sea cucumber Holothuria scabra Jaeger 1833 (Holothuroidea) can display a diel burying cycle, but is it widely predictable? Circadian burying of captive H. scabra juveniles, and both juveniles and adults in the wild, was examined in New Caledonia. Groups of ten cultured juveniles in mesh chambers in a tank were monitored for 24 h.

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