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New measures will regulate sea cucumber catch in Seychelles

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Dried sea cucumber in a market in Asia. (Wikipedia) Dried sea cucumber in a market in Asia. (Wikipedia)

Seychelles News Agency; December 27, 2017 by: Betymie Bonnelame

New measures will be put in place this year to regulate the collection of three types of commercial sea cucumber species in the waters of Seychelles.

The three targeted sea cucumber species commonly found in deep waters are the flower teat fish, white teat fish and prickly red.

A total allowable catch has been set up for each of the three species and these are 281,250 units for the flower teat fish; 56,250 units for the white teat fish; and 37,500 units for the prickly redfish.

 (Pierre Pouliquin/flickr)

The fishing season of the sea cucumber will also be reduced to eight months — from October to May. Currently, the fishing season is from October to June.

“This will be reviewed after three consecutive fishing seasons. We will monitor the quota and also put in place a review mechanism for non-performing licensees who are not utilising their quota,” says the Seychelles Fishing Authority.

The species is the most regulated of all fisheries in Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, with fishing license conditions containing more than 30 articles. Due to exploitation for around 30 years, the stock has dwindled

.sc3 Sea cucumber is the most regulated of all fisheries in Seychelles. (Saspotato/flickr)



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