Cultivation could save Pacific sea cucumbers from over fishing | Pacific Beat

Cultivation could save Pacific sea cucumbers from over fishing

Cultivation could save Pacific sea cucumbers from over fishing

Updated 28 June 2013, 17:12 AEST

A new project could provide a useful model of fisheries development for the Pacific.

A fishing centre has been officially opened on Australia's Groote Eylandt to process sea cucumber.

Like many places in the Pacific, the local Groote Eylandt indigenous population has long been involved in collecting sea cucumbers for the huge Asian market.

The growing demand from China, where they are considered a delicacy, means there is potentially a huge market but also a constant threat of overfishing.

But experts hope cultivation can return the industry, both on Groote Eylandt and in the Pacific, to a more sustainable footing

Bill Bainbridge reports.

Presenter: Bill Bainbridge

Speaker: Will Bowman, Hatchery Manager at Tasmanian Seafoods; Cathy Hair, Research Officer, James Cook University

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