UCC researchers developed the first and only sea urchin raising technology in the world.

Over the past seven years, researchers in University College Cork have used funding from Enterprise Ireland to develop the world’s first and only system for culturing sea urchins.

Known as the UrchinPlatter System, the new technology allows farmers to culture sea urchins quickly and efficiently. By using only natural seaweed as feed, the system avoids the pitfalls of using artificial diets, which are known to have caused problems in other types of marine farming.

Apart from being the first sea urchin farming technology in the world, the UrchinPlatter System is also the first aquaculture technology ever developed in this country.

“Ireland is currently the world leader in sea urchin farming.


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