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Holothuria atra Jaeger

Lollyfish

              

                      

 Emily Purton (2012)

   

                                                 

 

 

 

 

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Conservation & Threats

Sea cucumbers are harvested worldwide on a small-scale (for example subsistence in Pacific nations) and on large-scale (e.g. trawling in Japan) (Anderson et al. 2011). Holothuria atra is not a highly-valued species of sea cucumber therefore there is no current concern for its sustainability because the harvest rate is low.

However, a reported decline in high-value sea cucumbers (such as Holothuria whitmaei and Apostichopus japonicas) in some regions has led to a shift towards low-value species (Purcell et al. 2009). As they are a common species in shallow water habitats, such as reef-flats, H. atra would be highly susceptible to an increased harvesting pressure due to the ease of access.

Figure 16: H. atra inhabit shallow habitats, making them susceptible to harvesting

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