Purple Urchin Removal Event
July 21 - July 22
Albion Cove, Mendocino, Purple Urchin Removal Event with the Waterman’s Alliance
This is the second recreational urchin removal event of 2018. Recreational divers will help protect the kelp by removing as many purple urchin as possible over these two days. The event is organized by the Watermen’s Alliance and the NorCal Underwater Hunters.
The current plan is for divers to be transported to and from the dive site in available boats from one or more of the boat launches. The diver goes down with one or more lobster bags. After filling the bag(s) with purple urchin, the diver brings the bag(s) to the surface. Kayakers will exchange the full bag(s) with empty bag(s), and the divers go back down to fill the new bag, repeat.
Dive depth is expected to be 10′ to 30′ with free divers harvesting the shallower end and rec. divers at the deep end. Tech divers can go deeper if desired.
WHEN: July 21-22, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 21 at 8:00 am meet at the boat launch under the bridge for the pre-activity briefing.
WHERE: Albion Cove, Mendocino County
When making reservations be sure to tell them you are with the Purple Urchin Removal Event. We can get a group campsite, but I will need to know soon to make group reservations.
Albion River Campground and Marina has rv and tent camping, plus trailer rentals available ($45-55 a night).
Schooners Landing opened its site up for participants of this event, and will be joining us. Normally it is members only. They are asking for $20 a night/vehicle for tent camping at shared sites. A few RV spaces are available.
From the south take 101 to 128; take 128 to the coast; go approximately 10 miles; go across the bridge; take the Albion River Campground.
We need boats, boaters, divers, kayaks, kayakers, boat support and land support. That means, you don’t have to dive to help. You also do not need to be there both days.
Input is also needed on the most efficient way to harvest the urchin. Please bring your ideas to the July 12 meeting or contact me. If we can eliminate the need to surface each time a bag is full, we can harvest more urchin, and, of course, avoid issues if we start going deeper.
- An air compressor will be available 24 hours a day, less the quiet hours.
- Lobster bags.
- Boat transportation to dive site, but more boats are needed.
- Your own gear, including tanks.
- A California fishing license is required to participate in taking of urchin.
- Kevlar gloves or tools to move the urchin from the rocks to the lobster bags.
- A clip to attach the lobster bag to your BCD. It frees both your hands.
- Lift bag if you are trained how to use it.
- Other possible equipment will be discussed at the July 12 meeting.