Coastal Fisheries Programme

Number 9 - March 1997


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


Note from the editor

Welcome to the ninth Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin. This issue contains contributions from the various fields of sea cucumber biology and fishery, arranged as in the previous issues. The number of members is still increasing, and we hope that the new members will contribute to future issues.

Since the last issue, the highlight has been the symposium devoted to echinoderm fisheries and aquaculture during the International Echinoderm Conference, which was held in San Francisco in August 1996. The abstracts are presented here and the papers will be published in 1997 by the editor A.A. Balkema (Rotterdam). The increase in overexploitation, now spreading to many coastal zones of the tropical East Pacific is one of the issues discussed.

An original approach is also being carried out in a traditionnal exploitation country - Madagascar - in the context of a regional programme (Commission de l'OcŽan Indien (COI), GICZ). To achieve sustainable exploitation of this fragile resource, the exporters have decided to organise the profession.

Several contributions update the state of the fisheries, as in Tuvalu, California and Washington State, Torres Strait reefs.

In the rubrique 'Asexual reproduction by fission' new observations are reported for the first time on the species Holothuria leucospilota which had been previously cited as reproducing only sexually.

A new rubrique on aquaculture could also be prepared (see ICLARM results in the Solomon Islands). We are looking forward to your suggestions and contributions.

Chantal Conand





Beche-de-mer production in Tuvalu
Belhadjali K. (pdf: 110 KB)
Successful production of juvenile sandfish Holothuria scabra by ICLARM in the Solomon Islands
Anon. (pdf: 98 KB)
Sea cucumbers in Madagascar: Difficulties in the fishery and sustainable management
Conand C., Galet-Lalande N., Randriamiarana H., Razafintseheno G., De San M. (pdf: 102 KB)
A new study of asexual reproduction in holothurians: Fission in Holothuria leucospilota populations on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean
Conand C., Morel C., Mussard R. (pdf: 237 KB)
Fishery in Washington State
Bradbury A. (pdf: 92 KB)
Fishery in California in 1995
Barsky K. (pdf: 91 KB)
A brief survey of the commercial sea cucumber Isostichopus fuscus (Ludwig, 1875) of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Sonnenholzner J. (pdf: 140 KB)
Survey of commercially-valued sea cucumbers in the Saipan Lagoon, CNMI
Tsuda R.T. (pdf: 259 KB)
Distribution and abundance of beche-de-mer on Torres Strait reefs
Long B., Skewes T. (pdf: 238 KB)
Total catch by species of beche de mer for the Queensland east coast fishery, July 1995 - June 1996
Lowden (pdf: 69 KB)
Hong Kong imports of beche-de-mer, January - March 1996
Anon. (pdf: 86 KB)


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