Coastal Fisheries Programme

Number 15 - September 2001


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 15th issue of the Bulletin. The number of new suscribers and the great number of hits on the Bulletin’s web-pages are proof of the increasing interest raised by our publication. Thanks to all contributors who helped me in keeping the Bulletin alive and informative.

We start the ‘New Information’ section with an article on the Torres Strait beche-de-mer fishery followed by two articles on the different aspects of the biology of sea cucumbers sexual reproduction. The ‘Aquaculture News’ column includes three original articles presenting new projects in Vietnam, Marshall Islands and New Zealand.

Information on beche-de-mer prices is difficult to get. INFOFISH Trade News ( is one of the best sources of information for seafood market trends and we are thankful to them for allowing us to reproduce a table presenting beche-de-mer prices on the Asian markets. We also thank the National Fisheries Authority (NFA) of Papua New Guinea for providing information on their beche-de-mer export prices. Sharing information is the main aim of this bulletin and we encourage other fisheries departments from within and outside the Pacific region to follow NFA’s example.

I draw again your attention to the ‘Echinoderms Newsletter’ that is available on the Web ( and to the echinoderms forum that was created after the International Conference in Dunedin. You can subscribe by contacting This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by sending an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and including on the first line of the message SUBSCRIBE ECHINODERM-L, your surname and first name, but no other text.

Chantal Conand  


The Torres Strait beche-de-mer (sea cucumber) fishery
D'Silva D. (pdf: 38 KB)
Sexual reproduction of Stichopus chloronotus, a fissiparous sea cucumber, on Reunion Island, Indian Ocean
Hoareau T., Conand C. (pdf: 118 KB)
Assessment of the "tubule recruitment model" in three tropical Aspidochirote holothurians
Ramofafia C., Byrne M. (pdf: 48 KB)
Preliminary sandfish growth trials in tanks, ponds and pens in Vietnam
Pitt R., Thu N.T.X., Minh M.D., Phuc H.N. (pdf: 69 KB)
The new Marshall Islands Science Station inaugurates a sea cucumber aquaculture research programme
Hamel J.-F., Mercier A. (pdf: 26 KB)
Sea cucumbers: Farming, production and development of value added products
Morgan A.D. (pdf: 29 KB)
Papua New Guinea export prices of beche-de-mer
Anon. (pdf: 19 KB)
Beche-de-mer prices on the Asian markets (January-July 2001)
Anon. (pdf: 16 KB)

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