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Sea cucumbers

The commercial sea cucumber fishery in this area is all on a single species, the large California sea cucumber. This species feeds by eating the thin film of detritus that covers the surface of mud and sand. Though it would not be practical to provide this type of food in an intensive grow out operation, enhancement of the natural habitat through seeding may be quite practical. Moreover, since they eat detritus, they could provide free cleaning services.

The larvae of this species have been easily cultured on an experimental basis as they feed on the same food as bivalve larvae. Hence, seed production for enhancement purposes is a possibility.


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