23 Jul 2012

Company looks to export Cook Islands sea cucumber

10:35 am on 23 July 2012

Cook Islands Rori, or sea cucumbers could be heading offshore if a new business looking to export the delicacies is approved.

The company has a proposal before the island councils of Aitutaki and Atiu, where they are looking to gather some interest and get the project started.

The company's director Banaba Kirikava says they are in talks with island officials.

The Cook Islands News reports him as saying rori harvesting would be run along the same lines as the highly-successful trochus shell scheme on Aitutaki, where locals annually collect shells to export to Europe over a two-week period.