Number 18 — May 2003
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In this 18th issue of the SPC Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin, we
present several original articles:
J.-F. Hamel and co-authors present the larval development and
juvenile growth of the Galapagos sea cucumber Isostichopus fus-
cus (p. 3).
A. Desurmont describes the new series of plastic identification
cards, showing 20 different species of sea cucumbers, that the
SPC Fisheries Information Section have prepared and produced
for the National Fisheries Authority of Papua New Guinea (p. 8).
R. Pitt and N.D.Q. Duy describe experiments conducted in
Vietnam to produce sandfish (p. 15).
Jiaxin Chen gives an overview of sea cucumber farming and sea
ranching practices in China (p. 18).
Conservation strategies for sea cucumbers are becoming impor-
tant. A.W. Bruckner and co-authors discuss the CITES Appendix
II listing and question whether such a listing would promote sus-
tainable international trade (p. 24).
P. Purwati and J. T. Luong-van present their study of the sexual
reproduction in a fissiparous species, Holothuria leucospilota, in
the tropical waters of Darwin, Australia (p. 33). Their findings
have led them to the question: “Does intensive fission prevent re-
cruitment following sexual reproduction, or does failure of sex-
ual recruitment generate intensive fission activity?”
We continue our publication of spawning observations in the
wild with one case involving Pearsonothuria graeffei described by
P. Purwati, and one involving Stichopus hermanni described by
A. Desurmont (p. 38).
Inside this issue
Larval development and juvenile
growth of the Galapagos sea
cucumber Isostichopus fuscus
by J.-F. Hamel et al.
Papua New Guinea sea cucumber
and beche-de-mer identification
by A. Desurmont
To produce 100 tonnes of sandfish
by R. Pitt and N.D.Q. Duy
Overview of sea cucumber farming
and sea ranching practices in China
by J. Chen