Sea urchin aquaculture in Australia

Jane E. Williamson*

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Although Australia has had a commercial fishery for sea urchins for over 30 years, there is relatively little aquaculture done on sea urchins there. Australia has cultural and biological attributes favorable to sea urchin aquaculture: it is a multicultural society with diversity in cuisines and correspondingly catholic tastes, and it also has a high natural diversity of sea urchin species. Modern Australian cuisine has been strongly influenced by such globalization and there is a rising popularity in serving sea urchin roe as exotic and desirable ingredients at fine dining restaurants. Australia has a large number of indigenous and Pacific Islanders comprising its population, among whom sea urchin roe is a traditional and, sometimes, cultural food. This chapter presents a review of what is known regarding aquaculture of Centrostephanus rodgersii, Heliocidaris erythrogramma, and Tripneustes gratilla.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEchinoderm aquaculature
EditorsNicholas P. Brown, Stephen D. Eddy
Place of PublicationHoboken, New Jersey
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781119005810
ISBN (Print)9780470960387
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2015


  • Australia
  • Catholic tastes
  • Centrostephanus rodgersii
  • Cultural food
  • Fine dining restaurants
  • Heliocidaris erythrogramma
  • Pacific Islanders
  • Sea urchin aquaculture
  • Tripneustes gratilla

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