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Urchin Harvests

Once little exploited by commercial fishermen, urchin harvesting began in earnest in the mid-1980s. After reaching a peak in 1993, harvests declined to less than one-tenth of that in the peak year, with the total value falling in step.

As urchins became scarce, the price per pound has tripled from the peak harvest year of 1993.

Urchin Landings 1964-2016

Urchin Landings 1964-2016

Urchin Price per Pound 1964-2016

Urchin Price per Pound 1964-2016

YEAR POUNDS VALUE PRICE/LB
1964 120,908 $3,377 $0.03
1965 126,047 $2,987 $0.02
1966 142,995 $4,193 $0.03
1967 110,565 $2,908 $0.03
1968 82,700 $3,180 $0.04
1969 80,972 $5,700 $0.07
1970 60,200 $3,512 $0.06
1971 52,105 $4,225 $0.08
1972 49,610 $3,837 $0.08
1973 128,398 $9,078 $0.07
1974 46,725 $3,365 $0.07
1975 41,973 $2,752 $0.07
1976 36,094 $2,234 $0.06
1977 57,402 $7,328 $0.13
1978 7,974 $859 $0.11
1979 3,008 $306 $0.10
1980 33,300 $2,391 $0.07
1981 3,656 $420 $0.11
1982
1983
1984 50,790 $4,056 $0.08
1985
1986
1987 1,440,161 $236,391 $0.16
1988 6,221,604 $1,758,805 $0.28
1989 9,425,926 $3,608,475 $0.38
1990 13,458,662 $6,045,618 $0.45
1991 20,535,411 $11,158,425 $0.54
1992 26,437,638 $15,148,449 $0.57
1993 41,625,409 $26,816,313 $0.64
1994 38,296,612 $33,083,336 $0.86
1995 34,268,592 $35,604,275 $1.04
1996 25,743,011 $28,778,169 $1.12
1997 19,489,013 $21,256,800 $1.09
1998 15,053,868 $17,072,498 $1.13
1999 15,435,286 $20,300,142 $1.32
2000 12,897,897 $17,739,333 $1.38
2001 10,048,198 $12,969,562 $1.29
2002 6,321,232 $7,657,398 $1.21
2003 5,962,668 $8,569,109 $1.44
2004 5,741,945 $7,865,930 $1.37
2005 3,517,048 $5,142,213 $1.46
2006 3,371,761 $4,741,065.00 $1.41
2007 2,765,778 $4,377,512.00 $1.58
2008 3,058,114 $5,645,829 $1.85
2009 3,486,741 $5,866,376 $1.68
2010 2,591,516 $5,489,826 $2.12
2011 2,407,074 $5,113,355 $2.12
2012 1,903,922 $5,024,329 $2.64
2013 1,987,929 $5,781,216 $2.91
2014 1,981,390 $5,325,438 $2.69
2015 1,953,954 $5,397,952 $2.76
2016 2,057,694 $6,615,808 $3.22

Source: http://www.maine.gov/dmr/commercial-fishing/landings/documents/urchin.table.pdf (accessed February 6, 2018)


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