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Sea cucumber aquaculture, farming eyed

SAIPAN - The Governor&#39;s Office has asked the Department of Lands and Natural Resources to look into the possibility of establishing a sea cucumber farm in the CNMI in hopes the industry will take off and help boost the local economy.</b><br /><br />DLNR Secretary and CNMI veterinarian Ignacio T. dela Cruz disclosed that his office was recently asked by Gov. Benigno R. Fitial to make a feasibility study allotting an area on the island for the culturing of sea cucumbers. He was also asked to identify the economic advantages of these farms for the Commonwealth.<br /><br />Dela Cruz said that, if this project pushes through, appropriate government agencies would have to designate an area on the island for the farm.<br /><br />The DLNR secretary said this move was prompted when investors from Hong Kong expressed interest in establishing the business here in the CNMI. <br /><br />He said the farm would have to create its own breeding ground and reproduction techniques. This research will also tackle the hatchery and culture techniques of the sea cucumber.<br /><br /> <i>Source: Saipan Tribune</i>

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