Coastal Fisheries Programme

Number 17 - October 2002


Group Coordinator and Bulletin Editor:
Chantal Conand, Université de La Réunion, Laboratoire de biologie marine, 97715 Saint-Denis Cedex, La Réunion, France. Fax: +262 938166

Information Section, Marine Resources Division, SPC, B.P. D5, 98848 Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia. Fax: (687) 263818;

Produced with financial assistance from the European Union through the EU/SPC PROCFish project


In this issue of the Bulletin, we present several original articles:

Jeff Kinch provides detailed information on the historic, social and economic aspects of a sea cucumber fishery in Papua New Guinea along with its management options.

Few papers have been published on operations in the Philippines, the subject of an article by Akamine Jun.

Peter Fankboner describes an unusual biological phenomenon, salinity-related seasonal atrophy of the viscera in a temperate species, Parastichopus californicus.

No inventory of the sea cucumbers of Reunion Island, Indian Ocean, had ever been made before the article by Chantal Conand and Perrine Mangion. The article also provides information on abundance and population structures for the dominant fringing reef species.

The problems encountered by Mexican fisheries are presented in an article by Alonso Aguilar Ibarra and Georgina Ramirez Soberon.

Andrew Morgan describes problems related to farming certain sea cucumber species and explains how his work is developing (see also previous issues of the Bulletin).

At the end of the Bulletin, you will also find the regular features, such as Correspondence and Abstracts, Publications, Workshops & Meetings, along with the addresses of the new members of our Special Interest Group.

Previous issues of this Bulletin are also available online in both French and English. I also draw your attention to the very informative Virtual Echinoderms Newsletter. Issue no. 26 is available on the Web at

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Chantal Conand  


Overview of the beche-de-mer fishery in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
Kinch J. (pdf: 147 KB)
Trepang exploitation in the Philippines: Updated information
Jun A. (pdf: 53 KB)
Seasonal visceral atrophy and response to salinity by Parastichopus californicus (Stimpson): Osmoregulation?
Fankboner P.V. (pdf: 81 KB)
Sea cucumbers on La Reunion Island fringing reefs: diversity, distribution, abundance and structure of the populations
Conand C., Mangion P. (pdf: 60 KB)
Economic reasons, ecological actions and social consequences in the Mexican sea cucumber fishery
Ibarra A.A., Soberón G.R. (pdf: 42 KB)
Hatchery research sheds light on problems in sea cucumber aquaculture
Morgan A. (pdf: 22 KB)

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