The Sea Cucumber Apostichopus japonicus, Volume 39

1st Edition

History, Biology and Aquaculture

Editors: Hongsheng Yang Jean-Francois Hamel Annie Mercier
Hardcover ISBN: 9780127999531
eBook ISBN: 9780128004678
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 5th January 2015
Page Count: 478
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Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1: Apostichopus japonicus in the Life of Chinese People
    • Summary
    • Keywords
    • 1.1. Ancient tales of sea cucumber
    • 1.2. Nutritional and medicinal value of sea cucumber
    • 1.3. Sea cucumber in Chinese diet
    • 1.4. Cultural expression
  • Chapter 2: From Fisheries Toward Aquaculture
    • Summary
    • Keywords
    • 2.1. The history of A. japonicus fishery
    • 2.2. Aquaculture development
    • 2.3. Perspective on the aquaculture industry of A. japonicus
  • Chapter 3: Taxonomy and Identification
    • Summary
    • Keywords
    • 3.1. Introduction
    • 3.2. Holothuroid taxonomy
    • 3.3. Methods of classifying holothuroids
    • 3.4. The evolution of holothuroids
    • 3.5. A. japonicus Taxonomy
  • Chapter 4: Anatomy
    • Summary
    • Keywords
    • 4.1. Body wall
    • 4.2. Calcareous ring
    • 4.3. Endoskeleton
    • 4.4. Nervous system
    • 4.5. Coelom and coelomocytes
    • 4.6. Digestive system
    • 4.7. Respiratory system
    • 4.8. Water vascular system
    • 4.9. Hemal system
    • 4.10. Reproductive system
  • Chapter 5: Spatial Distribution, Population Structures, Management, and Conservation
    • Summary
    • Keywords
    • 5.1. Spatial distribution
    • 5.2. Population structure
    • 5.3. Fisheries management and conservation
  • Chapter 6: Reproductive Biology
    • Summary
    • Keywords
    • 6.1. Anatomy of the reproductive system
    • 6.2. Gonad development
    • 6.3. Re

Description

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.

Key Features

  • Explores the historical and current importance of Apostichopus japonicus in China, Japan, and the two Koreas
  • Presents innovative production technologies in sea cucumber aquaculture
  • Provides the latest scientific methods to maximize efficiency and production
  • Includes important information on the design and operation of farms
  • Discusses hot topics, current challenges, and future opportunities in aquaculture
  • Highlights important advances in the study of sea cucumbers at the behavioral, cellular, and molecular levels

Readership

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


Details

No. of pages:
478
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2015
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780128004678
Hardcover ISBN:
9780127999531

Awards

  • Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2016 – Cookbooks, E5-Fish category, Third place, Gourmand


Reviews

"...an important source of information on biology, culture techniques, and also markets and trade...recommended for anyone working with sea cucumber aquaculture…" --Aquaculture Magazine


About the Editors

Hongsheng Yang Editor

Hongsheng Yang has long been engaged in research on the biology and ecology of sea cucumber, ecological immunology, facilities and techniques for culture and stock enhancement of sea cucumber and artificial reef evaluation and resource restoration techniques. He participated in drafting many national strategy planning documents including the "Eleventh Five-Year plan", "Twelfth Five-Year Plan", “Marine agriculture” special plan of the Ministry of Science and Technology and "Conservation and sustainable use of marine biological resources”, the National Ocean and Technology Development Strategy, Program for Marine Development by Reliance on Science and Technology and several other regional development strategy plans of Shandong Province and Qingdao City. He has published over 100 papers, authorized more than 20 patents and presided over formulating a national industry standard.

Affiliations and Expertise

Deputy Director, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao, P.R. China

Jean-Francois Hamel Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher/Consultant, Society for the Exploration and Valuing of the Environment (SEVE), Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Annie Mercier Editor

Annie Mercier is leading a research program focused on fundamental and applied aspects of benthic invertebrate ecology at the Department of Ocean Sciences of Memorial University (Canada). Her specific areas of expertise include: 1) chronobiology and phenology, centered on the drivers of gamete release, larval development, settlement, growth and activity cycles; 2) evolutionary ecology, chiefly offspring size and dispersal of marine organisms with complex life histories; 3) biology/conservation of ecologically and commercially important marine species, including the study of deep-sea corals as biogenic habitats and the management and conservation of sea cucumbers. To date, she has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and technical papers, and she has co-edited 2 scientific books. Prior to her faculty position at Memorial University, Annie Mercier was conducting research in the Indo-Pacific islands. As echinoderm specialists, she and her husband Jean-François Hamel worked with international organizations (FAO, IUCN, CITES) and foreign institutions on a number of issues related to the so called “sea cucumber crisis.” Their work on the fundamental biology and reproductive habits of key commercial sea cucumbers in the Solomon Islands, the Marshall Islands, Ecuador, Brazil and Mexico has facilitated the development of aquaculture programs. Collaborations have been established with researchers and laboratories in these and other countries and, to this day, they continue to work on sea cucumber ecology and management in Canada and abroad. Aside from being passionate scientists and fierce advocates of marine resources conservation, the husband and wife team have developed a solid reputation as writers-photographers. Their abundantly illustrated articles on wildlife, diving, aquarium hobby, travel destinations and environmental issues have been published in dozens of magazines around the world. They also write popular books and are periodically invo

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Ocean Sciences Centre, Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada