'መላግቦን ቅኒትን ሰለስተ ወለዶ'
Minster of Toursim H.E. Askalu Menkerios & Minister of Fisheries & Marin Resources Resources, H.E. Tewelde Kelati, stated that it is striving to effectively harness existing resources through nurturing citizens equipped with knowledge and skill, in addition to realising the set investment to this end. The marine bio-diversity in the Red Sea spans from the unicellular phytoplankton seedlings to the enormous wales. Over 1000 different species of fish and 250 types of corals are found in the Red Sea. Besides, invertebrates, mollusks and gastropods as well as marine plants such as the three types of mangrove trees are among the major resources of the Red Sea.
According to studies conducted over the past 27, it has been confirmed that the depth of the Eritrean Sea is a haven to 11 types of sea grass, five types of marine turtles, as well as over 72 different marine bird species. Furthermore, 17 different types of sea cucumber, with high economic significance, are found in the Red Sea.
The Northern Red Sea Region possesses a port and nine bays as well as more than 300 islands in its 795.5 kilometers long coastline. The Dahlak Archipelago and Hawakil islands are internationally known for their marine resources. Sea cucumbers have a lot of economic benefits. Most people who live in the coastal areas of the world lead their livelihood by selling dried cucumbers.
In countries of the Far East, particularly China and Hong Kong, sea cucumbers are extensively used as food, traditional medicine as well as oil and cosmetics.
Compared to other types marine life the sea cucumber has a very limited mobility, which makes it vulnerable to be caught. Taking this into consideration an organized marine resource management is required to ensure the sustainability of the sea cucumbers.