7 November 2016
For the first time in Papua New Guinea's history, sea ranching trials of cultured sea cucumber (Holothuria scabra - or sandfish) have been launched at community fishing villages near Kavieng, New Ireland.
USC Tropical Aquaculture Research and PNG National Fisheries Authority staff have been making small releases of cultured sea cucumbers into trial community sea ranches. The team will continue to release cultured sea cucumbers over the next two years. Their survival, growth and migration will be closely monitored.
Sea cucumber ranching (growing juveniles to harvest-ready sea cucumbers), could provide a much-needed income stream to people living in remote PNG coastal communities. This work is part of the project 'Mariculture Development in New Ireland, PNG' funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.