AUGUSTA — The state’s sea urchin harvest was down almost half a million pounds compared to last year, a 31 percent decrease, state Department of Marine Resource officials said on April 8.
“I think the takeaway I get from this past season is that there were fewer urchins caught, the price was down a bit, but it wasn’t as bad as it could have been,” said Maggie Hunter, a biologist at the DMR, during a sea urchin zone council meeting. “I was really worried about the market, whether we’d have any market before the season started.”
Statewide there were 1,030,987 pounds of urchins landed in the September-to-March season and the price was $3.01 a pound. The season before that, there were 1,487,178 pounds of urchins caught and the price per pound was $3.55, which was near record highs.
The dip amounted to a $2.18 million decrease in value — about 41 percent lower than the 2019-20 season.