The exporting of Tonga’s sea cucumber began in the 1980s. A number of moratoriums were enforced to enable sea cucumber resources to be replenished. In 2009 it was estimated that $12 million pa'anga worth of sea cucumber was exported from Tonga.
A restaurant and hotel owner in Samoa has been sentenced for operating a sea cucumber fishery for export purposes and for operating a fish processing establishment without a licence...The first time offender has been ordered to pay $US1500 or face a jail term of three months...The market value of
Severe penalties will be issued to Papua New Guinea fishermen who ignore a new order postponing the start of the sea cucumber harvesting season...The Post Courier newspaper reported the beche-de-mer season was due to commence in July but had now been deferred until the 17 August.
The District Court in Samoa has released on bail a Chinese man facing one charge of bribing a custom's officer with intent to export a container worth over three million US dollars in sea cucumbers. The defendant, Suikei Mayang, was released as the prosecution did not oppose his application for
Some underwater photographs of live sea cucumbers are reproduced with kind permission from the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and the WorldFish Center. Photographs of dried beche-de-mer are by Eric Aubry and Jipé LeBars, Noumea, New Caledonia.
Call Number: VF 7005 [EL]
Physical Description: 52 p. 25 cm