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Indian Coast Guard seizes 2.5 tonne of sea cucumbers

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Sea Cucumbers: In a swift operation, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) team at Mandapam, Tamil Nadu seized two tonnes of sea cucumber worth Rs 8 crores after following a suspected boat.

Highlights:

  • Working on a tip-off about illegal transhipment of sea cucumber, the ICG team swung into action and tracked the suspect boat involved in likely smuggling.
  • Sea Cucumbers is a banned marine species.
  • They are in high demand in China and Southeast Asia.
  • In India it is treated as an endangered species listed under schedule I of Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.
  • It is primarily smuggled from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka in fishing vessels from Ramanathapuram and Tuticorin districts.

About Sea Cucumbers:

  • Sea cucumbers are echinoderms from the class Holothuroidea.
  • They are marine animals with a leathery skin and an elongated body containing a single, branched gonad.
  • Sea cucumbers are found on the sea floor worldwide.
  • There are around 1,717 holothurian species worldwide, with the Asia Pacific area having the most.
  • Many are harvested for human consumption, while some are raised in aquaculture systems.

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