Sea cucumbers are essential to a healthy reef Ė theyíre like the vacuum cleaners of the reef. For the first time last year, Belize allowed harvesting of sea cucumbers.
As of late 2010 they were going to Mexico. I would guess that some are still going to Mexico, but donít know if thatís the primary destination anymore.
Did you know that the gonads of male sea cucumbers sometimes sell for US$1,000 an ounce? You have to actually bid on them to buy them.
Fortunately or unfortunately, our sea cucumbers donít have the gonads preferred by those who want or need sea cucumber gonads.
Photograph by Daniel Hershman
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