breaking down detritus and other organic matter after which bacteria can continue the degradation

NewAmerica

Senior Member
Mandarin
Did the writer mean the steps of the degradation process are:

First, Sea cucumbers breaking down detritus and other organic matter
Second, bacteria continue the breaking down?

Thanks in advance

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According to scholarly articles, sea cucumbers are marine animals with a leathery skin and an elongated body. They are found on the sea floor worldwide with the greatest number of species being located in the Asian Pacific Ocean. Sea cucumbers serve a useful role in the marine ecosystem as they help recycle nutrients, breaking down detritus and other organic matter after which bacteria can continue the degradation process. Due to overfishing, many species of sea cucumber (including Isostichopus fuscus) are protected under Appendix III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and require a CITES permit from the country of origin and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Import/Export permit to import them 2 into the United States. Liu admitted that he had neither permit

-United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy

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