Sea cucumber fisheries exemplify resource
systems under intense exploitation pressure
from lucrative Asian markets. Plagányi et al.
model the performance of rotational harvests
of sea cucumbers on the Great Barrier
Reef (GBR) and advocate it globally.We support
their aim to evaluate management models
but believe the tenets of the strategy are
flawed, key model inputs bias the outputs,
and inferences to other coastal fisheries are
overreaching. These shortcomings set a risky
approach for managing coastal resources,
especially those with vulnerable life-history
traits, such as sea cucumbers.