Coastal Fisheries Programme

Number 16 - April 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


Welcome to the 16th issue of the Bulletin. In this issue, Steve Purcell et al. present the three-year ICLARM project on Optimal Release Strategies for Sea Cucumbers. This project has started its activities at SPC Noumea and aims to determine the best strategies for releasing sandfish (Holothuria scabra) into the wild for the purpose of restocking and stock enhancement of inshore Pacific fisheries.

Also in this issue, an article by Mike Trianni, from the CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife, describes a sea cucumber fishery that took place between October 1995 and May 1996 on the island of Saipan. You will also find articles about the sexual reproduction and farming of larvae of a little-studied species in India and about Apostichopus japonicus larvae.

Abstracts of the sea cucumbers presentations made during the 6th European Conference on Echinoderms in Banyuls (2001) and other press articles are also included in this issue.

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Developing optimal strategies for restocking sandfish: A collaborative project in New Caledonia
Purcell S., Gardner D., Bell J. (pdf: 137 KB)
Summary of data collected from the sea cucumber fishery on Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Trianni M.S. (pdf: 150 KB)
Spawning and larval rearing of sea cucumber Holothuria (Theelothuria) spinifera Theel
Asha P.S., Muthiah P. (pdf: 150 KB)
Reactions of the larvae of the sea cucumber Apostichopus japonicus to sharp desalination of surface water: A laboratory study
Kashenko S.D. (pdf: 153 KB)
Beche-de-mer prices on the Asian markets (August 2001 to April 2002)
Anon. (pdf: 109 KB)

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