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Putting into practice an ecosystem approach to managing sea
cucumber fisheries. Rome, FAO. 2010. 81 pp.
Artisanal and industrialized fishers from more than
40 countries harvest more than 60 species of sea cucumbers.
These low-food-chain resources play important roles in
nutrient recycling and sediment health in marine habitats.
Owing to ease of capture and vulnerable biological traits,
sea cucumbers have been easily overexploited in most
countries, sometimes to local extinction. Few sea cucumber
fisheries are currently managed sustainably. They differ
greatly in the scale of the fishing activities, status of stocks
and management capacity.
Preparation of this document (Download 782 Kb)
Characteristics of sea cucumber fisheries
The ecosystem approach to fisheries
The management process, indicators and reference points
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