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IPFS News Link • Food

From plague to delicacy ?" reconsidering the purple sea urchin

• arclein

Kelp forests collect in dense patches on rocky reefs that resemble towering underwater sequoias. They can stretch for miles, providing essential food and shelter for marine life around the world. But only 5% of Northern California's kelp forests remain today, replaced by vast "urchin barrens" where spiny purple urchins alone cover the sea floor off the coast of places like Mendocino and Sonoma counties.