Friday, November 16, 2012

Firm prevents wiping out of sea cucumbers

Kota Kinabalu: The hatchery complex built by Borneo Green Aquaculture Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian incorporated company and member of Borneo Green Group, in Sabandar, recorded a successful spawning in October last year.

Its financial adviser Lee Sun Sui said this at a press conference at its booth exhibiting its technologies for the breeding, seed production and culture of sea cucumbers (Holothuria Scabra) at the State-level Farmers, Breeders and Fishermen Day celebration venue at the KPD Complex in Tanjung Lipat, here.

"Borneo Green Aquaculture Sdn Bhd has to date produced 250,000 juvenile sea cucumbers. The company is currently expanding facilities in its hatchery in Sabandar to increase its production capacity from the present 250,000 per month to 500,000 per month," he said.

The company has aggressively conducted research and development in growout techniques in Kudat. It has so far released 200,000 juveniles into growout test sites.

The results have been very encouraging. Further experiments are currently being carried out to optimise culture conditions and production.

Lee also said the company's future developments include the setting up of a processing plant in Kudat, which processes the beche-de-mer (smoked-dry sea cucumber) for export.

Lee stressed that the wild sea cucumbers are regularly collected along the coastal areas in Sabah.

This excessive fishing had made the stock of wild sea cucumbers dwindle drastically.

The loss of critical stocks of wild sea cucumber is likely to have a significant impact on the ecosystem condition and the adjacent marine environment, as a whole.

Lee added there is an urgent need to develop a technology for seed production and culture of sea cucumbers in Sabah.

The present work undertaken by the company could play a vital role in providing social and economic stability to the industry players and fishermen as a whole.

Sea cucumbers are widely consumed throughout Asian and Middle Eastern communities today.

The sea cucumber trade is one of the world's fastest growing international seafood industries and the demand for sea cucumbers is far from being met.

Source: Daily Express

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Anonymous said...

Borneo Aqua was incorporated on 16 April 2004 in Malaysia as a private limited company and was converted into a public company on 20 May 2004.

Anonymous said...

aquaculture companies in Malaysia deal only with certain aspects of aquaculture processes, Borneo Aqua Group is an integrated aquaculture Group which involves itself in the entire process of sustainable aquaculture

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