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Posted by seldom seen slim on August 05, 2009 at 21:46:15:

In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Re: Okay, show me and ... posted by Chris Knight on August 05, 2009 at 08:13:16:

California Sea Cucumber

The first recorded commercial landings of sea cucumbers in California were made in 1978 at Los Angeles area ports. Divers fishing warty sea cucumbers at Santa Catalina Island were the first to make landings, but they were soon joined by trawl vessels. Combined annual landings remained under 100,000 pounds until 1982, when the principal fishing area shifted to the Santa Barbara Channel. In that year, 140,000 pounds were landed. Recorded landings fluctuated from 52,000 to 160,000 poundsover the next eight years, and in 1991 reached more than 577,000 pounds.

In 2000, there were 113 sea cucumber dive permits held by fishermen. That number declined to 92 in 2006.

While permits declined during this time the landings remained stable from 2003 to 2006.

In 2002, combined trawl and dive sea cucumber landings reached an all time high of 944,700 pounds.

In the four years since 2002, the trawl catch has remained relatively stable, while the dive fishery has declined, averaging 300,000 pounds of warty sea cucumber annually. Part of the drop in the diver catch can be attributed to a shift in diver effort from warty sea cucumber to red sea urchin harvesting, especially at the northern Channel Islands, where a substantial segment of the fishery for both species occurs

The cucu's don't need a reserve to preserve their best interests. Nor do they need fishing redistribution to create hot spots and museums for other areas.

Also, from California to Alaska the cucu's are stable and appear to be managed well. See belwo

Stable, high-quality product, demand bode well for sea cucumber divers.(NORTH PACIFIC SEA CUCUMBER)

Have a cuc and enjoy!

Or go pound sand in Pismo and eat a clam.

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