Sea urchin, Red – BC (Uni)
Red Sea Urchins, members of the phylum Echinodermata (“spiny skin”) are moderately abundant along the coasts of northeast Canada.
Sea Urchins are prolific breeders and can live over 20 years. 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.