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Madagascar: Sustainable sea cucumber farming

General information
Project location: Toliara district, Madagascar
Consortium: Madagascar Seafood SAS, Copefrito SA , Madagascar Holothurie SA
Project Budget: € 1,493,150
External financing: PSI
Project period: From July 2011 to June 2014

Sea cucumber (Holothuria scabra) is a highly valued product in the Chinese food market. This tropical sea cucumber, easily collected from sea beds, has become drastically depleted in Madagascar.

During the past ten years a group of stakeholders have undertaken research and experimental sea cucumber farming with the aim to develop commercial aquaculture of Holothuria scabra, thereby contributing to the preservation of its natural stock.

The project partners for this project are commercial companies from France and Madagascar, active in the fisheries sector and with an interest in commercialisation of the sea cucumber cultivation. The p

roject partners will set up a sea cucumber hatchery, nursery, farming and processing activity, employing 140 staff, to realise sales volume of 5 ton of ‘trepang’ (dried and processed sea cucumber) by the end of the project.  The project will co-operate closely with neighbouring village communities with the intention to engage some 300 small fishermen in sea cucumber farming, thereby guaranteeing the participants a steady and fair income while diminishing the pressure on the natural stock of sea cucumber in the region.

Advance Consulting assisted the partners to develop the  project proposal and business plan and continues to be involved in the project’s implementation.


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