Coastal Fisheries Programme

Number 7 - June 1995


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

This issue contains original contributions in various fields of sea cucumber biology and fishery. As in previous issues, they are arranged in three major sections: new information, correspondence and publications. The number and quality of your contributions show your interest and provide recent information that could be discussed in the next issue.

Articles on ‘Spawning observations’ provide helpful information on the reproductive biology of several species. We hope that the request for ‘fission and regeneration observations’ will provide interesting replies.

New fisheries in North-East Russia and Baja California are presented here. The disquieting problem of the fishery in the Galapagos (see last issue, Apr. 1994) is discussed.

Several aquacultural experiments on sea cucumbers are being carried out. The results from the work done at ICLARM, Solomon Islands and in Hawaii show that it is possible to induce spawning and rear larvae, but there are still difficulties in obtaining settlement and growth of juveniles.

However some publications, particularly those of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute of Cochin (India), indicate that one species at least, H. scabra, can be grown to the juvenile stage and offers good prospects.

Chantal Conand




Spawning and early larval rearing of Holothuria atra
Ramofafia C., Gervis M., Bell J. (pdf: 143 KB)
Asexual reproduction in Holothuria atra on a reef of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean
Boyer C., Cailasson S., Mairesse K. (pdf: 31 KB)
Request for information on fission and regeneration of tropical holothurians
Conand C. (pdf: 28 KB)
Spawning observations
Anon. (pdf: 63 KB)
Spawning of the sea cucumber Cucumaria frondosa in the St Lawrence Estuary, eastern Canada
Hamel J.-F., Mercier A. (pdf: 97 KB)
Japanese sea cucumber Cucumaria japonica in the far eastern seas of Russia
Levin V.S. (pdf: 73 KB)
Developments in California sea cucumber landings
Barsky K., Ono D. (pdf: 42 KB)
Management options of the commercial dive fisheries for sea cucumbers in Baja California, Mexico
Castro L.R.S. (pdf: 16 KB)
Problems of the Galapagos sea cucumber fishery
Coppois G. (pdf: 49 KB)


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