NMFS NUMBER: 90-SWR-063
Sea Cucumber Fishery Development in Micronesia--Year 4
Robert H. and Martinez, Priscilla
Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Region, 501 West Ocean
Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802-4213. PHONE:
was the fourth year of a reproductive and population biology
study using three commercially valuable species of sea
cucumbers to support the development of a sustainable
fishery for Micronesia. The objective was to develop the
methodology to raise larvae through to the juvenile stage.
The results of the previous three years' research led
to the conclusion that successful management of the sea
cucumber resource would be greatly enhanced by the ability
to cultivate the economically valuable species.
As the research progressed, it became evident that larval
rearing was the most problematic aspect of the project.
Prior research allowed researchers to accurately predict
spawning events, collect gametes, fertilize eggs, and
cultivate larvae. The ability to raise sea cucumbers
through a complete life cycle was hypothesized to depend
on larval nutrition and/or specific metamorphic inducers/substratum