The purpose of the current survey was to provide information on the status of sea cucumber populations at the start of the moratorium. Information gained during the survey included species presence, abundance, density and population size structure. A secondary purpose was to train MoF staff in assessment techniques so that assessments can be conducted in the future. It is intended that a follow-up survey be conducted towards the end of the moratorium to evaluate whether stocks have recovered, and whether the fishery can be re-opened.
The assessment was funded by the Ministry of Fisheries and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through assistance to the Coastal Fisheries Programme of SPC.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Brad Moore
Dr. Siola'a Malimali
Ministry of Fisheries