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Table 1. Recent annual exports of major coastal fisheries and aquaculture commodities from the Pacific islands.


Estimated Current Annual Quantities

Sea cucumber

1 500 tonnes (dried, equivalent to 15 000 tonnes live weight)

Trochus shell

2 000 tonnes of shell

Pearl shell

400 tonnes (mainly spent farmed shell)

Cultured pearl

US $ 100 million value

Eteline snapper (mainly Tonga)

300 tonnes

Giant clam (mainly Fiji)

20 tonnes of adductor muscle

Live serranids