Student patents anemone breeding

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A New South Wales mid-north coast PhD student and her supervisor have taken out a patent on breeding sea anemones in captivity.

Coffs Harbour-based Anna Scott, from the National Marine Science Centre, says a captive breeding program could be used to replenish reefs where sea anemones have come under threat.

She says it could also be used to supply the aquarium trade.

“These sea anemones are one of the 10 most traded invertebrate species, aside from coral. So they’re really popular in people’s aquariums,” she said.

“So hopefully we can find a way of producing these anemones in captivity rather than them being taken from reefs.”