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Our Purpose

Restoring oceans into vibrant ecosystems for the benefit of communities around the world.

Removing overgrazing sea urchins helps turn a barren seafloor back into a vibrant kelp forest.

Sea urchins are then ranched and sold as premium seafood to restaurants globally.


Urchinomics is about turning an environmental challenge into an economic, ecologic and social opportunity. Brian Tsuyoshi Takeda, CEO & Founder of Urchinomics, explains how.


Help the Kelp


Coastal kelp forests are some of the most fertile feeding and breeding grounds for fish and invertebrates globally, but they are disappearing four times faster than rainforests*. Reducing urchin populations can help restore kelp growth—up to 18” per day!

*Duarte et al 2008, Duarte 2009


Restored kelp
forests mitigate CO2 production


Kelp forests and other shallow water vegetation make up the majority of the ocean’s vegetated habitats but only equal 0.05% of the plant biomass on land, however they convert almost as much CO2 as terrestrial vegetation. 

Bouillon et al 2008, Houghton 2007


Job Creation

The removal of empty, barren urchins also creates new jobs at our land and sea-based ranches. Combined with this, the return of fish to once urchin dominated, desert-like waters entails renewed economic activity in rural, coastal communities.


Every second breath we take is generated by the oceans.


More than half of the oxygen you breathe comes from marine photosynthesizers, like phytoplankton and seaweed. Both use carbon dioxide, water and energy from the sun to make food for themselves, releasing oxygen in the process.

Smithsonian, July 2017