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Beche de mere at risk of extinction in Western Pacific

Beche de mere at risk of extinction in Western Pacific

Updated 6 March 2014, 10:28 AEST

It's the high cost of being a luxury food item - the humble sea cucumber, or beche de mere, is at risk of becoming extinct.

Research out this week shows the high market value of some species of cucumbers has lead to over fishing in many countries.

And some of the hotspots are in the Pacific, with waters in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and north-eastern Australia being targetted.

The study is throwing light on the issue of protecting species in these and other regions with poor economies.

Presenter: Natalie Whiting

Speaker: Report author, Dr Steven Purcell from Southern Cross University, South Australia

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