Urchinomics is a restorative aquaculture venture that aims to turn an environmental challenge into a commercial, ecological and social opportunity.

Company Details

IJmuiden, Netherlands
Not Fundraising

Management Team

Brian Tsuyoshi Takeda avatar

Brian Tsuyoshi Takeda


Denise MacDonald avatar

Denise MacDonald

Global Brand Marketing

Shintaro Ishida avatar

Shintaro Ishida

Country Lead, Japan

Perry Bevin avatar

Perry Bevin


Giles Cadman avatar

Giles Cadman


Harry Rappaport avatar

Harry Rappaport

Country Lead, North America

Ivar Kvangardsnes avatar

Ivar Kvangardsnes

Country Lead, Norway

Dr. Nik Sachlikidis avatar

Dr. Nik Sachlikidis

Head of Science & Country Lead, Canada

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About Urchinomics

The problem we're solving:

Overfishing and climate change have allowed sea urchins populations to explode, decimating the world’s kelp forests. In Australia, native species have destroyed the ancient kelp forests in New South Wales, Tasmania and the seagrass meadows in Victoria. After overgrazing their main food source, the urchins starve and become empty. These urchins remain in place and prevent kelp forest regrowth, resulting in urchin barrens – a lifeless, desert-like state where virtually no marine life is supported anymore.

Our solution:

Urchinomics’ aquaculture technologies turn these ecologically destructive urchins into premium seafood, or “uni”, which creates an economic incentive to remove them from the sea floor. This in turn helps to restore kelp forests, bringing back marine life, biodiversity, carbon sequestration and protection from wave related erosion and ocean acidification. The urchins themselves are then ranched and sold to seafood distributors and restaurants. Sea urchin demand continues to rise globally, resulting in record breaking prices year after year since 2013.

Our differentiator:

As Urchinomics' business model restores marine ecosystems, the value proposition transcends sustainable seafood and creates a new category of restorative seafood – where the more Urchinomics profit the better the environment becomes. Urchinomics' proprietary feed solutions, aquaculture systems and biological know-how, allows Urchinomics to produce consistent, predictable, year-round, premium quality uni, all while restoring the oceans. Urchinomics' strategic partnerships with ENEOS in renewable energy, NTT East Japan in AI and IoT development, as well as a major Japanese shipping company in low-carbon transport, further add to Urchinomics' competitive advantage.

Our biggest achievement:

Urchinomics launched the world’s first commercial scale urchin ranch in Japan, with 4 more sites around the world under development. Urchinomics' ranched urchins have achieved better prices than wild caught “uni”, and have been validated by sushi restaurants and seafood retailers in Ginza, Tokyo, as well as top Michelin starred restaurants around the world. Further, as Urchinomics have raised our Series A round with some of the world´s largest investors, Urchinomics is now looking for region specific, value-adding partners to help Urchinomics profitably restore ocean ecosystems, faster.