Gonadal Maturity of Sea Cucumber (Actinophyga echinites) as Basis for Fishery Resource Management


  • Remely A. Sanidad Sur Polytechnic State College, Office of the Vice President for Information, Research and Extension, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur (2705), Philippines
  • Victor G. Sanidad Sur Polytechnic State College, College of Teacher Education, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur (2705), Philippines


Ganado-somatic index, size determination; maturity stages


Sea cucumbers are necessary due to their important role in the sustainability and conservation of the fishery resource in the province, the future for aquaculture, and its economic aspect.  Its objective focused on the gonadal maturity of sea cucumber (Actinophyga echinites) found in Ilocos Sur. There are 234 males and 180 females identified and categorized according to their maturity stages as immature, maturing, ripe, and spent stages. From the monthly determination of these maturity stages of both sexes, the ripe stage and GSI development were observed synchronous with male and female individuals. Size at first sexual maturity for males was 9.17 cm and females were 10.28 cm respectively. Size restriction and closure during the peak breeding season are determinants in maintaining and sustaining sea cucumbers. Further, catch size and minimum size limits will be introduced and enforced in areas with a high abundance of commercial species.


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Remely A. Sanidad, & Victor G. Sanidad. (2022). Gonadal Maturity of Sea Cucumber (Actinophyga echinites) as Basis for Fishery Resource Management. International Journal of Natural Sciences: Current and Future Research Trends, 13(1), 11–21. Retrieved from https://ijnscfrtjournal.isrra.org/index.php/Natural_Sciences_Journal/article/view/1078