Coastal Fisheries Programme

Number 6 - April 1994


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 of the bulletin contains original contributions on the various aspects of sea cucumber exploitation: fishing and marketing, research in ecology and biology, general information on publications and, as usual, questions by members.

Several contributions point out the difficulties encountered in trying to establish a rational management of these fisheries. Depletion of the natural stocks or indices of overfishing are shown in many western Pacific and Indian Ocean fisheries : Solomon Islands, Madagascar, Maldives.

The management of some temperate fisheries is also difficult according to biological as well as economic or social standpoints (Washington State). The recent 'scandal' of the Galapagos has shown that sea cucumber fishing is so attractive that a clandestine, illegal fishery started up in 1992 in the Marine Reserve created in 1986.

In the different countries concerned, the sea cucumbers are the goal of small-scale fisheries which do not attract enough attention or funding for them to be properly managed.

It is hoped that this issue will serve to circulate information and that members will give their comments and share their experiences to provide up-to-date information for the next issue.

Chantal Conand




The beche-de-mer industry in the Solomon Islands: Recent trends and suggestions for management
Holland A. (pdf: 100 KB)
Fishing beche-de-mer in Madagascar
Irwing M.A. (pdf: 42 KB)
Laamu Atoll Mariculture Project: Mariculture of sea cucumbers - Project summary
Reichenbach N., Holloway S., Shakeel S. (pdf: 40 KB)
Spawning observations
Uthicke S., Bell J. (pdf: 71 KB)
The sea cucumber should stay under
Malaval C. (pdf: 25 KB)
Sea cucumber dive fishery in Washington State: An update
Bradbury A. (pdf: 31 KB)


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