The Organic Sea Cucumber of Madagascar, Sandfish, Holothuria scabra.
Sea cucumbers have been consumed as a delicacy, since as early as the 8th century.
Today, sea cucumbers are critical to the Indo-Pacific region ecosystems, where local fishermen harvest them to meet rising global demand. But, due to the long-standing exploitation of the 70+ sea cucumber species - which have a commercial value -, tropical regions are seeing alarming extinctions of their respective local sea cucumber species.
Indian Ocean Trepang (“IOT”) grows, processes and sells dried sea cucumbers to consumers worldwide, using a unique low-tech environmentally-sound model, for which a portion of its production is subcontracted to low-income fishermen giving them access to a growing and lucrative global market. IOT partners with local fishing villages, to return sea cucumber farming back to its natural spot, in the sea, and away from expensive facilities.