UMONS, ULB and the University of Toliara are partners in this project, which has led to the creation of the first commercial company in the western Indian Ocean based on the aquaculture of sea cucumbers.
Sea cucumber fishing is such a widespread activity throughout the Indo- Pacific Sea that natural populations are endangered. In 1999, a sea cucumber mariculture project was launched in Madagascar in an attempt to solve this problem. The work was funded by the Belgian University Commission for Development (CUD) and the Malagasy government. The objective of the project was the building of a hatchery and farm for the breeding of sea cucumbers.