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bêche-de-mer

(bĕsh-də-mâr`): see sea cucumbersea cucumber,
any of the flexible, elongated echinoderms belonging to the class Holothuroidea. Although sea cucumbers have the basic echinoderm radial symmetry (see Echinodermata), they do not have arms like starfish.
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The area inside the Reef in Queensland waters is 80,000 square miles; it is full of raw wealth: pearl-shell and corals, fish and beche-de-mer.
By then, many Torres Strait Islanders were working in the new maritime industries, their employment regulated under the various Pearl Shell and Beche-de-mer Fisheries Acts and the Native Labourers Protection Act of 1884.
The beche-de-mer industry in the Solomon Islands: recent trends and suggestions for management.
I lay all day on my beche-de-mer, I chairmanned through the night, learning to flip at the flasher of the mastodon.
The latter were active in the New Guinea and Northern Australian region as traders of wild nutmeg, beche-de-mer or bird plumes.
In the first-ever comprehensive survey of the archipelago's habitat, scientists recorded corals and fish, as well as seagrasses, Trochus shell, beche-de-mer (sea cucumber), whales and dolphins.
The most important sea cucumber product, however, is the dried body wall which is marketed as beche-de-mer (Fig.
coastal fisheries that (i) can generate export earnings for the country, such as beche-de-mer (BDM) and/or (ii) support livelihoods, food security and dietary health.
Torres was the first European to visit the strait, in 1606, but, apart from the passage of some vessels and the work of several naval surveys, there was no permanent contact with the outside world until the second half of the nineteenth century when commercial fishers began exploiting beche-de-mer, trochus shell and pearl-shell.
4 minion, of sea cucumber or beche-de-mer commodities in 1988 and lands about 7,100t (Table 1).
coastal fisheries such as beche-de-mer (BDM) that (i) can generate export earnings for the country, and/or (ii) support livelihoods, food security and dietary health.