25 Sep '14, 3pm

Why divers are restoring California's kelp forests

Why divers are restoring California's kelp forests

For whatever reason, people like to eat urchin . The Japanese, as well as most Americans, know it as uni. But it’s a food consumed the world over . René Rojas grew up eating urchin in Chile, where it’s part of the culture (they like to eat it raw, with lemon juice and oil). Now he’s an urchin diver in Santa Monica Bay, that chunk of the Pacific that straddles greater Los Angeles. But these days he doesn’t just dive for the treasured red urchins so prized by foodies. Instead, he's on a mission to root out their purple cousins — golf ball-sized creatures that have taken over the waters off Palos Verdes. Southern California's red sea urchins — which are thought by many to make the best uni in the world and which often take the highest bids at Japan’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market — have grown scarce. This has been tough on the area’s fishing industry, which supplies red urchins ...

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