Global capture fisheries production in 2018 reached a record 96.4 million tonnes. In the case of sea cucumber, the most important catches were focused on Japanese sea cucumber (Apostichopus japonicus), reaching 126.6 thousand tonnes in 2010 to increase until 204.7 thousand tonnes in 2016. Most of the sea cucumber stocks (70%) are depleted or overexploited around the world, being more of 16 species included on the Red List (IUCN) with vulnerable or endangered status. A right identification of the commercial species, assessment of their stocks, evaluation of the sustainability of their fisheries and the development of a right management, are mandatory to avoid the overexploitation of this resource on a boom-and-bust system.
Wangüemert Fisheries Management and Aquaculture SLU offers a complete service of consultancy on this field, having previous experience developed at different countries on collaboration with Public Fisheries Institutions.