Alaska starts diving for sea cucumbers on highest quota for years

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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