Sea cucumbers endangered due to exploitation
Scientists from the Central Marine Fishery Research Institute (CMFRI) said that the the number of sea cucumbers could be revived through resource enhancement technologies like sea ranching, joint conservation efforts and the tools of biotechnology. Research on this high-value marine product was discontinued in 2001, after a total ban under the Wild Life Act, 1972.
Sea cucumbers are a group of invertebrate, worm-like animals. About 650 species of sea cucumbers under the family holothuriidae are present in seas across the world. In India, nearly 200 species have been reported, of which 75 species are from the shallow waters, within a 20-metre depth. Of these, 12 species are of commercial value. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have vast varieties of sea cucumbers, followed by the Lakshwadeep Islands, the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay. Sea cucumbers are boiled, dried or smoked to prepare a product called ‘beche de mer’, a high-value delicacy in China and Southeast Asia. It is also an important ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine.
Recently, a workshop on ‘Strategies for Conservation and Resource Enhancement of Sea Cucumbers in India’,
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