Alaska starts diving for sea cucumbers on highest quota for years

October 25, 2013, 9:11 am

The 1.5 million pound sea cucumber harvest is the highest since 2000, and has 150 divers competing for the delicacy, reports Alaska Journal.

Last year the divers got nearly $5 per pound for the one pound, red sea cucumbers plucked from the sea floor, making the fishery worth $7.5 million at the Panhandle docks.

Kodiak is the only other Alaska region where a cucumber fishery occurs, albeit far smaller at 140,000 pounds. The 26 divers there are fetching $3.50 per pound for sea cucumbers, two dollars less than last year.

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