The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s southern flounder stock enhancement has stocked more than 400,000 fingerlings into Texas bays and estuaries.
Induced triploidy could theoretically improve the survival of cultured hard clams because triploids divert energy from reproduction to somatic growth, resulting in larger and potentially hardier clams than diploids.
Breeding research is pursuing a hardier hard clam strain to improve survival during Florida’s hot summers. Diversification would support additional growth.
Tiger flatworms hold promise as a source for ecteinascidins, a class of antitumor compounds under study for human cancer treatment.