Research

Location
Kaohsiung, Taiwan ROC

Project Lead
Ho Chung Chou

Description
Urchinomics is collaborating with Taiwanese scientists to evaluate the performance of feed and RAS technologies on local urchin species.  

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Jonathan Wood
Research

Location
Troms, Norway

Project Lead
Dr. Pernilla Carlsson

Description
Urchinomics will be engaging Dr. Pernilla Carlsson to remove urchins from known barrens and quantify the kelp recovery. Understanding the speed and breadth of recovery will help us better understand how much urchin removal could benefit the Norwegian coastline.

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Jonathan Wood
Research

Location
Oslo, Norway

Project Lead
Dr. Trine Bekkby, Dr. James Berg, Dr. Wenting Chen and Hartvig Christie

Description
Urchinomics is collaborating with the scientists at NIVA on a wide range of ecological issues such as kelp restoration, urchin kelp dynamics and blue carbon sequestration.

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Jonathan Wood
Research

Location
Møre og Romsdal, Norway

Project Lead
Frida Segafredo

Description
Cflow is developing land-based raceway technologies to help Urchinomics more efficiently ranch urchins. Cflow has extensive experience supplying cutting edge technology to the leading aquaculture companies around the world.

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Jonathan Wood
Research

Location
Hordaland, Norway

Project Lead
Dr. Tor Andreas Samuelsen

Description
Urchinomics has licensed Nofima´s unique feed technology that has been in development since the 1990s. Dr. Tor Andreas Samuelsen has been responsible for developing the first generation urchin feeds that keeps its form between 7 to 14 days in sea water.

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Jonathan Wood
Research

Location
Troms, Norway

Project Lead
Dr. Phil James

Description
Urchinomics has engaged Dr. Philip James of Nofima to provide advice around urchin biology and echinoderm aquaculture best practices.

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Jonathan Wood
Commercial Facility in Development

Location
Finnmark

Project Lead
Dr. Roman Vasilyev

Description
Finnmark has extensive barrens throughout the county. Our plan is to activate crab fishers to also fish urchins with traps and thin the population of barren urchins.  

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Jonathan Wood
Research

Location
Tasmania, Australia

Project Lead
Dr. John Keane

Description
Urchinomics has engaged Dr. John Keane of the University of Tasmania Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies to evaluate our feed and ranching technologies on local urchins species in Tasmania. If successful, we plan to ranch the invasive long spine urchins and help protect the precious kelp forests unique to Tasmania.

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Jonathan Wood
Research

Location
California, USA

Project Lead
Renee Angwin

Description
Urchinomics has engaged Renee Angwin of San Diego State University to evaluate our feed and ranching technologies on local urchin species in California. If successful, we plan to establish commercial operations in the state and begin to reduce the populations of overgrazing purple urchins.

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Jonathan Wood
Commercial Facility in Development

Location
California, USA

Project Lead
Tom Ford

Description
California has some of the largest urchin barrens in the world. Urchinomics is working in partnership with the non-profit Bay Foundation to remove urchins from the barrens and commercialize them. A portion of the proceeds will be reinvested in urchin removal, making the urchin removal and kelp restoration effort less dependent on grant-based funding. The goal would be to make urchin removal self sufficient by buying all the commercially viable urchins and generating a steady income stream for the Bay Foundation.

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Jonathan Wood
Research

Location
New Brunswick, Canada

Project Lead
Dr. Shawn Robinson

Description
Urchinomics engaged Dr. Shawn Robinson of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to conduct basic feed trials on local urchin species. Land-based systems were used to assess feed performance, feed water stability and urchin digestion rates.

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Jonathan Wood
Research

Location
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Project Lead
Dr. Patrick Gagnon

Description
Urchinomics has engaged Dr. Patrick Gagnon of Memorial University to help conduct feed and land-based ranching trials. Dr. Gagnon is also working towards developing methodologies for fishing and transporting urchins to minimize handling mortality.

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Jonathan Wood
Research

Location
British Columbia, Canada

Project Lead
Dr. Chris Pearce

Description
Urchinomics engaged Dr. Chris Pearce of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Pacific Biological Station to conduct feed trials on local urchin species. He is now working with Urchinomics to conduct benthic impact studies when ranching urchins at sea.

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Jonathan Wood
Commercial Facility in Development

Location
Québec, Canada

Project Lead
Peter Dinet

Description
The Ekuanitshit First Nations reside in an area of the St. Lawrence where urchin populations exceed 500 animals per square meter, perhaps the highest densities in the world. The community is looking to turn this resource into a commercial opportunity, bring kelp forests back to their coast, and create meaningful, full time jobs for their youth.

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Jonathan Wood
Commercial Facility in Development

Location
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Project Lead
Denise Macdonald

Description
Since the collapse of the cod stocks in the Grand Banks, Newfoundland has struggled to find stable alternative fisheries that could provide meaningful, fulltime employment for its inhabitants. The extensive urchin barrens throughout the province look to be a potential opportunity to bring back meaningful jobs in coastal, rural Newfoundland.

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Jonathan Wood
Field Work

Location
Yamaguchi Prefecture

Project Lead
Dr. Kaori Wakabayashi

Description
Diadema urchins will be removed from selected areas to see what species of kelp return and how quickly they will grow.

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Jonathan Wood
Field Work

Location
Oita Prefecture, Japan

Project Lead
Dr. Kaori Wakabayashi

Description
Urchins will be removed from selected areas to see what species of kelp return and how quickly they will grow.

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Jonathan Wood