As noted by Van Eys and Philipson (1991), the import statistics are unreliable because beche-de-mer does not carry an import duty and is therefore not always specifically identified in shipments of dried seafood.
The exchange is made through sister companies, with higher grades of beche-de-mer being imported by Singapore and lower grades by Hong Kong, probably because Hong Kong supplies the Chinese market with lower grade product.
Exchanges of beche-de-mer between Hong Kong and Singapore
Unlike Hong Kong and singapore, there are no re-exports from Taiwan, because all imports of beche-de-mer are consumed locally.
Although the statistics are incomplete, a tentative evaluation of the beche-de-mer production in the Indo-Pacific and of the temperate fisheries landing is presented in Table 9.
Recently, beche-de-mer fisheries have increased markedly in tropical countries.
Considering the present increase in beche-de-mer fisheries, data which need to be collected include detailed records for the different species harvested and grades produced.
The South Pacific Commission(6) has recently started the Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin, which is a useful source of information on the state of the fisheries, the markets, resource surveys, and recent research on the biology of commercial species.
Recent trends in beche-de-mer fisheries show a marked increase in landings due to a strong increase in demand.
Beche-de-mer in New Caledonia: Weight loss and shrinkage during processing in three species of holothurians.
Beche-de-mer research and development in Papua-New-Guinea.