Development of Sea Urchin Aquaculture in Maine, Phase 1

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2005-33610-15487
Agency Tracking Number: 2005-00373
Amount: $78,849.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 1005, Camden, ME, 04843
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jim Wadsworth
 (207) 273-4621
Business Contact
 Jim Wadsworth
Phone: (207) 273-4621
Research Institution
Loss of sea urchin biomass due to overfishing has led to loss of market share in the lucrative Japanese market. Natural recovery of stocks will not occur without the stock enhancement efforts and/or a complete shutdown of the fishery. A shutdown is not feasible because once the industry infrastructure is gone, it is unlikely to come back. The surviving harvesters, buyers and processors in this fishery are highly motivated to see this lucrative fishery prosper again. Aquaculture efforts are being supported by many of the remaining participants.

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