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  •  यह एक जीव है. इसे समुद्री खीरा इसलिए कहते हैं, क्योंकि यह खीरे की तरह दिखता है. यह कोमल चमड़ी वाला और ट्यूब जैसे शरीर वाला होता है.
  • इसका उपयोग कामोत्तेजना बढ़ाने वाली दवाओं, कैंसर के इलाज में, तेल, क्रीम, कॉस्मेटिक्स बनाने में होता है.
  • इस जीव को ‘समुद्री खीरा’ कहते हैं. इसका उपयोग कामोत्तेजना बढ़ाने वाली दवाओं, कैंसर के इलाज में, तेल, क्रीम, कॉस्मेटिक्स बनाने में होता है

In a swift operation, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) team at Mandapam, Tamilnadu seized two tonnes of sea cucumber, a banned marine species. Working on a tip-off about illegal transshipment of sea cucumber in the wee hours of 19 Sep, the ICG team swung into actio

n and tracked the suspect boat involved in likely smuggling. ICG teams were deployed in the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay areas to effectively cordon th

e likely escape by sea route.

Subsequently, the boat was found anchored about 15 kms off Vedalai South of Mandapam without its crew at 10.30 am on Sunday and boarded by a team of Coast Guard. The boarding team of ICG Hovercraft H-183 recovered 200 gunny bags of sea cucumber weighing 2000 kg.  The boat along with seized sea cucumbers was brought to Mandapam near Rameshwaram, Tamilnadu, and handed over to forest officials. The value of seized sea cucumbers is reported to be about 8 Crores INR.

On investigation, it was revealed that the consignment was planned for transshipment

across the International Maritime Boundary Line during dark hours. Sea cucumbers are in high demand in China and Southeast Asia. It may be recalled that earlier in the month of July, the Coast Guard team at Mandapam had seized about 1200 kg of sea cucumber and apprehended two personnel.

Sea cucumber in India is treated as an endangered species listed under schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. It is primarily smuggled from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka in fishing vessels from Ramanathapuram and Tuticorin districts.

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