The Sea Cucumber Apostichopus japonicus

History, Biology and Aquaculture

Edited by

  • Hongsheng Yang, Deputy Director, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao, P.R. China
  • Jean-Francois Hamel, Researcher/Consultant, Society for the Exploration and Valuing of the Environment (SEVE), Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
  • Annie Mercier, Associate Professor, Ocean Sciences Centre, Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

While sea cucumber is one of China's and Asia’s most prized seafoods, and aquaculture programs are being developed on a huge commercial scale, Chinese expertise and knowledge in this area has not been well disseminated worldwide. The Sea Cucumber Apostichopus japonicus is the first book to bridge this gap by compiling key information related to hatchery and aquaculture techniques, nutritional and medical values, markets, and trade flow of the number one sea cucumber species. It summarizes the historical and most recent developments in the trade and aquaculture of Apostichopus japonicus, as well as important aspects of its anatomy, population dynamics, reproduction, development, physiology, and biochemistry.

With sea cucumber harvest and aquaculture booming worldwide, comprehensive knowledge of China’s technological breakthroughs in this rapidly expanding field is key. The Sea Cucumber Apostichopus japonicus is essential to understanding the cultural underpinnings of the insatiable market demands for sea cucumber and what drives sea cucumber trade. It also provides biological information and aquaculture techniques that can be adapted to other species, making it a valuable resource for researchers and practitioners involved in sea cucumber harvesting, aquaculture, and conservation.
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Aquaculture scientists and extension agents, environmental biologists, aquatic scientists, graduate students, government officials and policy-makers, and aquaculture practitioners


Book information

  • Published: January 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-799953-1

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Apostichopus japonicus in the Life of Chinese People
Chapter 2 From Fisheries toward Aquaculture
Chapter 3 Taxonomy and Identification
Chapter 4 Anatomy
Chapter 5 Spatial Distribution, Population Structures, Management, and Conservation
Chapter 6 Reproductive Biology
Chapter 7 Broodstock Conditioning and Spawning
Chapter 8 Development, Settlement, and Post-settlement Growth
Chapter 9 Environmental Drivers of Behavior
Chapter 10 Feeding, Digestion, Nutritional Physiology, and Bioenergetics
Chapter 11 Aestivation and Regeneration
Chapter 12 Albinism
Chapter 13 Tissue Biochemistry
Chapter 14 Larval, Juvenile and Adult Predators
Chapter 15 Immunology and Diseases
Chapter 16 Aquaculture, Stock Enhancement, and Restocking
Chapter 17 A Key Species in Integrated Polyculture Systems
Chapter 18 Habitat Enhancement and Rehabilitation
Chapter 19 Nutritional and Medicinal Value
Chapter 20 Processing and Cuisine
Chapter 21 Apostichopus japonicus in the Worldwide Production and Trade of Sea Cucumbers
Chapter 22 Apostichopus japonicus: Fisheries, Trade, and Foodways in Japan
Chapter 23 Apostichopus japonicus: "Dolgi Haesam" in the Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Chapter 24 Apostichopus japonicus in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea