We are all aware of the importance of our rainforests when it comes to biodiversity and climate change, but lesser talked about are our oceans.

  • Our coastlines provide as many ecosystem services as ALL land-based ecosystems.

  • Kelp forests are an important part of coastlines, making up just 0.4% of the planet’s surface, yet generating 11.4% of the planet’s ecosystem services such as providing food and leisure, climate control and oxygen production.

  •  This is the equivalent to all tropical forests, yet little attention is given to the fact that kelp forests are disappearing 4X quicker than rainforests, becoming lifeless urchin barrens.

 
The rapid depletion of the Ocean Cove bull kelp forest, Northern California (Kevin Joe and Cynthia Catton, California Department of Fish and Wildlife).

The rapid depletion of the Ocean Cove bull kelp forest, Northern California (Kevin Joe and Cynthia Catton, California Department of Fish and Wildlife).

 

No kelp means no fish, no carbon sequestration, no jobs.

Therefore, Urchinomics has decided to establish a new division – ‘Urchinomics Impact’. This new commercial entity will be tasked with actively pursuing high-impact urchin ranching and kelp restoration opportunities over market adjusted returns.

Business Model

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Restoring ocean habitats to feed the world.

We identify suitable sites (urchin barrens) and remove the urchins to restore kelp. Urchins are monetized via our proprietary ranching technologies.

After 8 to 12 weeks, the resulting sea urchin roe will be sold to high end restaurants, and service the massive global supply shortage of urchin products.

We have identified 3 high priority regions where we can rapidly scale up in order to make a significant difference to the kelp ecosystem: California, Northern Norway, and Southern Japan.

Impact Investment

We invite impact investors, charitable donors, non-profits, and other strategic partners to become Restoration Partners. This will give you the chance to work with us to develop and deploy impact investment strategies personalized to you and help restore kelp forests faster than we can do on our own. Projects that fit with Urchinomics Impacts´ mandate and score high on ecological impact will have access to all of Urchinomics´ intellectual property, including future technologies, supply chain and market access, at nominal, non-commercial, ‘Impact’ rates.

Reach out to impact@urchinomics.com to explore how we can work together to restore kelp forests in your region.