Sea Urchin, Green (Uni) – Canada
Green Sea Urchins, members of the phylum Echinodermata (“spiny skin”), are found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. In the Pacific, their range extends from northern Washington State to the Aleutian Islands. Green Sea Urchins are prolific breeders and can live for 20-25 years.
Along the coasts of northwest Canada, Green Sea Urchins are at healthy abundance levels. They are hand-caught by divers, so bycatch is minimal with no damage to the habitat.
Sea Urchins graze on kelp (a type of seaweed) and are eaten by many animals like Sea Otters, and therefore are an important link in the marine ecosystem.