Commercial sea cucumbers: a review for the western Indian Ocean.
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Sea cucumbers (Holothurians) are a group of marine invertebrates that are harvested worldwide in tropical and subtropical countries. Over the past decades, a signi fi cant increase in the demand for sea cucumber has led to an explosion in exploitation often resulting in population declines in many producing nations. Because of the importance of sea cucumbers as a source of livelihood for many artisanal fi shers from developing countries and as a globally traded product, much interest has been generated for information on their biology, ecology and fi sheries management. Although management agencies and fi shing communities have recognized that sea cucumber fi sheries are in trouble worldwide, attempts at management have been largely unsuccessful due to several factors including: 1) the vulnerability of sea cucumbers to harvesting, 2) the artisanal nature of the fi shery that prevents fi sher communities from using alternative co.....
PublisherWestern Indian Ocean Marine Science Association
Series;NrWIOMSA Book Series;5
Spatial CoverageWestern Indian Ocean
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