Sea cucumber researcher and ERI Marine Research Fellow, Dr. Arlenie Rogers presented the second part of her sea cucumber research entitled “Abundance and Distribution of Harvested Sea Cucumbers” at the 66th Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Initiative Conference in Corpus Christi, Texas held on November 4-8, 2013.
Dr. Rogers’ study fits perfectly with the main objectives of:
- Providing a quantitative density estimate for Donkey Dong sea cucumber (Holothuria Mexicana) and Three-rowed sea cucumber (Isostichopus badionotus );
- Examining distribution within the surveyed areas;
- Obtaining an estimate of population size;
- Providing length data (incl. frequency distributions) and length weight relationships for Donkey Dong, the only commercially harvested species in Belize;
- Identifying species found in Belizean waters.
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The presentation and study were well received at the conference and has gathered interest from other institutions and Government representatives from countries where sea cucumber fishing is in its early years. Research findings will be published in the Proceedings of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute.