Saving California from Purple Sea Urchins

California’s beautiful northern coast is currently under attack by purple sea urchins.
We came to save it.

Purple sea urchins (uni) are currently swarming on the west coast, from San Francisco all the way up to northern Washington. According to a recent AP article, millions of the spiky, squat spheroids have decimated kelp beds and left delicate coastal ecosystems denuded and in risk of collapse.

We don’t need much of an excuse to eat urchin roe, so we drove down to Humboldt County to forage what uni we could and help save the west coast.

We timed our visit to coincide with the new moon/spring tide, and used Google Maps to select Baker Beach as a likely hunting ground. Here’s what happened when we got there:

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Next time we will take our snorkels and wet-suits and go out to deeper water to gather the big fat ones from the ocean floor.

2 Replies to “Saving California from Purple Sea Urchins”

  1. Keith and Aya, you two continue to astonish me with your adventurous treks into the most beautiful of wild land, skillful bounty hunting in both flora and fauna, and culinary prowess in rendering said bounty not just edible, but delectable.

    My hat (and my bib) are off to you.

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