Sea cucumbers are now a global product known by the Chinese as “beche-de-mer,” “trepang,” or “haisom” and are almost unexploited resources in the Mediterranean region. They are currently harvested in the Mediterranean region and exported from Turkey,
and the sea cucumber species is currently the most expensive seafood in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. Considered a delicacy in many Asian countries, there is also growing interest in their medicinal and nutraceutical value. Their successful utilization in the Mediterranean Sea will require
continued refinement of aquaculture techniques and development of processes for enhancing the scale of production. Even though the majority of Mediterranean species are not considered high-value products, it is clear that the future of sea cucumber farming has interesting lucrative potential
in the Mediterranean and that turning sea cucumbers into aquaculture value-added products could have profitable economic benefits in this region.
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Document Type: Research Article
Department of Animal Production, Ecology and Epidemiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Torino, GrugliascoTO, Italy
Aquatic Epidemiology and Conservation Laboratory, Department of Population Health and Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine,North Carolina State University, RaleighNorth Carolina, USA
Publication date: July 1, 2011