The Sea Cucumber Apostichopus japonicus book cover

The Sea Cucumber Apostichopus japonicus

History, Biology and Aquaculture

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.


Aquaculture scientists and extension agents, environmental biologists, aquatic scientists, graduate students, government officials and policy-makers, and aquaculture practitioners

Hardbound, 478 Pages

Published: January 2015

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-799953-1


  • Chapter 1 Apostichopus japonicus in the life of Chinese people
    Chapter 2 From fisheries towards aquaculture
    Chapter 3 Apostichopus japonicus: Taxonomy and identification
    Chapter 4 Apostichopus japonicus: Anatomy
    Chapter 5 Apostichopus japonicus: Spatial distribution, population structures, management and conservation
    Chapter 6 Apostichopus japonicus: Reproductive biology and physiology
    Chapter 7 Apostichopus japonicus: Broodstock conditioning and spawning
    Chapter 8 Apostichopus japonicus: Development, metamorphosis, and post-settlement growth
    Chapter 9 Apostichopus japonicus: Environmental drivers of behavior
    Chapter 10 Apostichopus japonicus: Feeding, digestive and nutritional physiology and bioenergetics
    Chapter 11 Apostichopus japonicus: Physiology of aestivation and regeneration
    Chapter 12 Apostichopus japonicus: Albinism
    Chapter 13 Apostichopus japonicus: Tissue biochemistry
    Chapter 14 Apostichopus japonicus: Larval, juvenile and adult predators
    Chapter 15 Apostichopus japonicus: Immunology and diseases
    Chapter 16 Apostichopus japonicus: Aquaculture, stock enhancement and restocking
    Chapter 17 Apostichopus japonicus: A key species in integrated polyculture systems
    Chapter 18 Apostichopus japonicus: Habitat enhancement and rehabilitation
    Chapter 19 Apostichopus japonicus: Nutritional and medicinal value
    Chapter 20 Apostichopus japonicus: 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 Republic of Korea (South Korea)
    Chapter 24 Apostichopus japonicus in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea


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