Table of Contents

Background.
Characteristics of sea cucumber fisheries.
Management principles.
The ecosystem approach to fisheries.
The management process, indicators and reference points.
A road map for choosing the right tools.
Fishery regulations.
Actions to implement management. Boom-and-bust cycles are commonplace in the exploitation history of sea cucumber fisheries but pandemic overfishing to critical levels now threatens the persistence of breeding stocks for future generations of coastal fishers. Resource managers must embrace an ecosystem approach to fisheries, in which biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and the concerns of stakeholders are taken into account alongside of the productivity of stocks and the economic gains from fishing. This booklet provides a "roadmap" for developing and implementing better management of sea cucumber fisheries.--Publisher's description.