Aquaculture Canada and WAS North America 2022

August 15 - 18, 2022

St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada


Urchinomics B.V.

Suggest Contents

Below are the topics I believe I can cover in the talk:

  • Problem Statement
  • Overfishing, climate change and pollution has set the stage for sea urchins to explode in population, overgrazing entire kelp forests in Canada, USA, Japan, Norway and Australia (to name a few)
  • After having eaten all the kelp around them, the urchins become empty and valueless to fishers and predators, resulting in desert-like barren conditions to persist for decades or centuries
  • Solution
  • Removing urchins and reducing grazing pressure will bring kelp forests back
  •  Restored kelp forests contribute to improved marine biomass, marine biodiversity, carbon binding and sequestration, absorption of nitrogen and phosphorus run off, protect from wave related erosion and ocean acidification. 
  • Removed urchins can also then be ranched using aquaculture techniques to turn into premium, exportable seafood (uni)
  • Methodology
  • Fishing, ranching, and exporting
  • Drill down on the ranching part to show how the combination of aquaculture systems, feed and well handled urchins make the business case
  • Results so far
  • Show kelp restoration in practice in California and Northern Norway
  • Highlight results from our pilot ranching operations in Japan, USA, Norway and Canada
  • Highlight efforts in Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Quebec
  • Opportunities and Challenges
  • Highlight what makes this kind of utilization model possible in some parts of the world, and less so in others

Additional Angle

  •  Perhaps we can also arrange a tasting event of our ranched, Canadian urchins at some point in time during the conference. 
  • Perhaps we can also use this event as an opportunity to announce the first shipment of commercially ranched urchins from Newfoundland to NYC