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More jobs for Straddie's sea cucumber industry.

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Andrew Laming MP Federal Member for Bowman

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday, 19 July 2005 MR05.055


Sea Cucumbers are set to be Redland’s newest export delicacy thanks to a new licence allowing distribution of processed Beche-de-Mer (sea cucumbers) to lucrative South-East Asian markets.

The Chair of the Nunukul Ngugi Cultural Heritage Corporation, Vincent Martin said the granting of an export licence was the final hurdle that needed to be overcome for this business to maximise its potential and proactively target South-East Asian markets.

Member for Bowman, Andrew Laming said that since starting to fish for the sea cucumbers in April 2003, the business has grown to employ 17 Nunukul Ngugi workers with jobs numbers likely to double in the next 12 months. Cucumber export sales to Asia are worth $6 million per year.

“The Australian Government has contributed over $500,000 to this Redland industry. North Stradbroke Island can boast new skills and jobs, care for the environment and indigenous lead enterprise,” Mr Laming said.

The granting of an export licence by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) tops off a hugely successful year for the Nunukul Ngugi Cultural Heritage Corporation.

It also won the CADET Training and Employment Small Employer of the Year Award for the Brisbane Region at the Brisbane Regional Final of the Queensland Training Awards last month and will now compete in the finals of the Queensland State Finals in Brisbane in September.

The Nunukul Ngugi Cultural Heritage Corporation officially opened its sea cucumber processing facility at Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island in January this year.


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