Hatchery production and restocking of sandfish in community-managed fishing rights areas (qoliqoli), Fiji Islands (09/2008)
Thursday, 25 September 2008 00:00

 

By Cathy Hair and Tim Pickering

Sea cucumbers are valuable but severely depleted fisheries throughout Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs), and Fiji is no exception.  In Fiji, dairo (or sandfish, Holothuria scabra) is an important sea cucumber species that also forms part of the Fijian traditional diet, so it contributes to food security in addition to being a lucrative export commodity. In the last 20 years, fishing pressure — stemming from export demand — has resulted in declines in size and abundance of individuals of this accessible shallow-water species.

 

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