First sea cucumbers bred in captivity

For the first time, red sea cucumbers (Apostichopus californicus) have been bred in captivity at Kristineberg Marine Research Station.

The aim is to replenish stocks of sea cucumbers in the Gullmarn fjord and to increase knowledge about the role of sea cucumbers in sustainable aquaculture.

“This is a big first step towards being able to farm large numbers of sea cucumbers so that they can be released into the sea and strengthen populations that have declined for various reasons,” says marine biologist Ellen Schagerström.