Title

Large-scale sandfish (Holothuria scabra) aquaculture in multitrophic polyculture ponds in southern China

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Purcell, SW & Wu, M 2017, 'Large-scale sandfish (Holothuria scabra) aquaculture in multitrophic polyculture ponds in southern China ', Beche-de-Mer: Information Bulletin, Vol. 37, pp. 51-52.

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Abstract

The sea cucumber “sandfish” (Holothuria scabra) is now produced in southern China within multitrophic polyculture ponds (>300 ha) with pearl oysters and groupers. Starting stocking densities are 2–3 ind. m-2, and final densities at harvest are in the range of 95–320 g m-2 of sandfish in the ponds. Current production is over 1 million market sized animals annually. China is outpacing Indo-Pacific island countries in the commercial application of mariculture technology for culturing sandfish.