California Sea Cucumber
Parastichopus californicus ON EXHIBIT:
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This species is the largest type of sea cucumber along the Pacific Northwest coast. The species feeds by sifting through sediment on the sea floor. Its primary predators are large sun sea stars, but they are also eaten by sea otters and humans.
Sea cucumbers are considered a delicacy in many Asian countries and are the focus of a growing commercial fishery. Harvesting sea cucumbers has become so popular that many species are in danger of becoming overfished. Management plans are being put into place to help protect these populations by setting quotas and minimum size limits, ending harvesting during breeding seasons and improving population monitoring.