(Waatea News) An experimental project to farm sea cucumbers has taken a step forward with Maori partners travelling to China to find out what the customers want.
Business support agency Poutama Trust, the Whakatohea Maori Trust Board and Wakatu Incorporation have been in talks with Oriental Oceans about faming the delicacy in Bay of Plenty and Nelson waters.
Poutama chief executive Richard Jones says the Chinese are happy with the progress.
He says a Wakatu scientist was in the group and stayed on to study how the Chinese manages their sea cucumber farms.
The sea cucumbers will be grown under mussel farms.