Sea cucumbers in a drying process in the village of Hessessai Bay at PanaTinai (Panatinane)island in the Louisiade Archipelago in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.  The island has an area of 78 km2..Sea cucumbers are marine animals of the class Holothuroidea that are used in fresh or dried form in various cuisines. The creature and the food product is commonly known as bêche-de-mer (lit. "sea-spade") in the French language, trepang (Malay tr?pang) in Malaysian, namako in Japanese and in the Philippines it is called balatan..Sea cucumbers destined for food is traditionally harvested by hand on small watercraft; a process known as trepanging. It is dried for preservation purposes and has to be rehydrated by boiling and soaking in water for several days for the sea cucumber to absorb the liquid back. It is mainly used as an ingredient in soup or stew..There are many of commercially important species of sea cucumber that are harvested and dried for export for use in Chinese cuisine as Hoi sam. .The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of ten larger volcanic islands frequently fringed by coral reefs, and 90 smaller coral islands located 200 km southeast of New Guinea, stretching over more than 160 km and spread over an ocean area of 26,000 km? between the Solomon Sea to the north and the Coral Sea to the south. The aggregate land area of the islands is about 1,790 km? (690 square miles), with Vanatinai (formerly Sudest or Tagula as named by European claimants on Western maps) being the largest..Sideia Island and Basilaki Island lie closest to New Guinea, while Misima, Vanatinai, and Rossel islands lie further east..The archipelago is divided into the Local Level Government (LLG) areas Louisiade Rural (western part, with Misima), and Yaleyamba (western part, with Rossell and Tagula islands. The LLG areas are part of Samarai-Murua District district of Milne Bay. The seat of the Louisiade Rural LLG is Bwagaoia on Misima Island, the population center of the archipelago.Pana

Sea cucumbers in a drying process in the village of Hessessai Bay at PanaTinai (Panatinane)island in the Louisiade Archipelago in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. The island has an area of 78 km2..Sea cucumbers are marine animals of the class Holothuroidea that are used in fresh or dried form in various cuisines. The creature and the food product is commonly known as bêche-de-mer (lit. "sea-spade") in the French language, trepang (Malay tr?pang) in Malaysian, namako in...
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