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Managing Sea Cucumber Fisheries With an Ecosystem Approach

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Purcell, Steven W.; Lovatelli, Alessandro; Vasconcellos, Marcelo; Ye, Yimin
Date: 2010
Agency: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome
Series: FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper, no. 520
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6237
Sector: Fisheries
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): sea cucumbers
resource management
coastal resources
Abstract: "Sea cucumber fisheries differ greatly in the scale of the fishing activities, status of stocks and the capacity of the management agency. Consequently, some management measures will be appropriate in some fishery scenarios but not others. This document presents a logical framework to assist fishery managers in choosing an appropriate suite of regulatory measures and management actions and elaborates on the uses, limitations and ways to implement them. This document contains five main sections. The first provides an overview of the biology and ecology of sea cucumbers, the international market for beche-demer market, types of sea cucumber fisheries and their global status (i.e. population abundance). The second section summarizes fisheries management principles and approaches, with an emphasis on the ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF). The third section provides the 'roadmap', by way of instructions, flow diagrams and tables, to lead fishery managers along the path of choosing management measures appropriate to their fishery. The fourth and fifth sections discuss the application of each regulatory measure and management action with Examples and lessons learned boxes to illustrate management problems and potential solutions from various fisheries."

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