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Urchinomics: Global Kelp Forest Restoration Sea Urchin Ranching Alliance


Create a digital representation of the Ocean, Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy, Increase community resilience to ocean hazards, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, Project, South Atlantic Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, Unlock ocean-based solutions to climate change

Climate change and overfishing of predatory species from the world's oceans have allowed sea urchins to explode in population and overgraze kelp forests, turning once highly productive ecosystems into desert-like barrens.

Without intervention, urchins will occupy the space where kelp forests stood and keep them barren for decades or even centuries. Urchinomics is a for-profit, self-sustaining solution to ignite an ecosystem restoration effort. In partnership with divers and scientists, Urchinomics helps restore kelp forests by removing overgrazing urchins from urchin barrens, ranching them in proprietary aquaculture systems, and converting them into premium seafood to sell to consumers globally.

Start Date: 01/01/2021

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