Fiji Sea Urchins Report
Sea urchins are highly valued for their gonads and are a potential fisheries commodity for the export market. Recent studies across 6 traditional fishing grounds in Viti Levu, Fiji have shown that the sale of sea urchins are a major source of income for a significant number of surveyed households, averaging $F200 per week for sales. The studies were carried out to determine whether the current population of sea urchins is viable for the export market and also to collect harvester data, assess sea urchin stock for export opportunity and identify threats to the supply of sea urchins to markets and buyers. This report jointly outlines the findings of the two studies.