Coastal Fisheries Programme

Number 8 - April 1996


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 eighth issue of the Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin. This issue contains several contributions in various areas, which cover sea-cucumber biology and fishery, and are arranged as in previous issues in three major sections: new information, correspondence and publications.

Several articles from around the region have been extracted from working papers presented at the recent joint South Pacific Commission - Forum Fisheries Agency Workshop on the Management of South Pacific Inshore Fisheries, held in Noumea in June/July 1995.

The management of these fisheries raises problems in many Pacific countries and territories, as seen in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Indonesia, as well as Galapagos (see Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin #7), where the situation is still very disquieting. These issues will certainly be discussed at a symposium on echinoderm fisheries and mariculture planned for the next International Echinoderm Conference (San Francisco, August 1996).

Following the article on the spawning of Cucumaria frondosa, other aspects of its reproductive biology are presented here.

The rubrique ’Spawning observations’ again contains helpful information, and the first reply to the request for 'fission and regeneration observations' (see Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin #7) provides new data for Holothuria atra.

Chantal Conand




Illegal fishing for sea-cucumber (beche-de-mer) by Papua New Guinea artisanal fishermen in the Torres Strait protected zone
Lokani P. (pdf: 84 KB)
Management of beche-de-mer fisheries in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea
Lokani P., Polon P., Lari R. (pdf: 46 KB)
Current management policies and problems of the inshore fisheries resources in Vanuatu - Sea cucumbers
Jimmy R.A. (pdf: 19 KB)
Status and management of inshore fisheries in the Kingdom of Tonga: Beche-de-mer
Anon. (pdf: 19 KB)
Statistics on beche-de-mer exports
Conand C. (pdf: 51 KB)
Beche-de-mer fishery in Baja California
Perez-Plascecia G. (pdf: 56 KB)
Commercial holothurians in South Sulawesi, Indonesia: Fisheries and mariculture
Conand C., Tuwo A. (pdf: 128 KB)
Gonad morphology and gametogenesis of the sea cucumber Cucumaria frondosa
Hamel J.-F., Mercier A. (pdf: 221 KB)
Gamete dispersion and fertilisation success of the sea cucumber Cucumaria frondosa
Hamel J.-F., Mercier A. (pdf: 159 KB)
Spawning and asexual reproduction of tropical holothurians
Reichenbach N. (pdf: 15 KB)
Sea cucumber culture developments on the west coast of Canada
Sutherland I. (pdf: 18 KB)
Galapagos News
Conand C. (pdf: 15 KB)


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