25 Mar 2011

Sea cucumber farm project explored

6:39 am on 25 March 2011

An experimental project to farm sea cucumbers has taken a step forward with Maori partners travelling to China to find out what the customers want.

A business support agency, Poutama Trust, the Whakatohea Maori Trust Board, and the Wakatu Incorporation have been in talks with Oriental Oceans about farming the cucumber in Bay of Plenty and Nelson waters.

Poutama chief executive Richard Jones says the sea cucumbers will be grown under mussel farms and the Chinese are happy with the progress.