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Sea Cucumber Farming: A gateway to improved coastal livelihoods

Sea cucumbers, seemingly unassuming marine creatures, play a remarkably significant role in coastal communities around the world. These soft-bodied, echinoderm animals are often underestimated for their economic, ecological, and cultural value. Their multifaceted contributions make them an essential resource that has sustained coastal communities for generations.

In Tanzania WWF is working with the Fisheries Education and Training Agency (FETA), Namela BMU and coastal communities in Mtwara region to add value to sea cucumber farming for the purpose of enhancing the farming and improving the lives of the people engaged in sea cucumber farming
Under the MACP IV project,WWF is working to facilitate knowledge by training BMU members on effective ways of managing the sea cucumber cages. The members are now the formal owners of a demonstration cage capable of holding about 2000 sea cucumbers. They are expecting to have their first harvest before the end of this year.
 
The Namela BMU members are responsible with overseeing the cages and ensuring their maintenance for e proper aeration inside the cages. Sea cucumbers have different classes and prices, depending on their weight
●      Class D – Grams 100–250 = Market price 30,000–40,000 (Tsh)
●      Class C – Gram 250–450 = Market price 50,000–65,000 (Tsh)
●      Class B – Gram 300–450 = 100,000–150,000 (Tsh)
●      Class A – Gram 450–550 = 270,000–300,000 (Tsh)
Sea cucumbers are not merely marine organisms; they are a lifeline for coastal communities worldwide. Their economic, ecological, and cultural contributions are woven into the fabric of these societies. By striking a balance between their utilization and conservation, we can ensure that sea cucumbers continue to play a vital role in the well-being of coastal communities for generations to come.
 
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