Sea Urchins Research

URG will assist the University of Western Sydney Molecular Physiology Department to collect black sea urchins for their research using unfertilised eggs isolated from sea urchins as a model system to study fundamental biological processes.

60 sea urchins need to be collected each month and this would mostly be shore dives. URG has been issued a permit to conduct this activity and below is the summary of the permit condition.

In accordance with the Fisheries Management Act 1994 the permit holder listed on this permit and additional people are hereby authorised to:

  • Collect Sea Urchins by hand to be used for biomedical research.

The specimens must only be taken from waters at the following locations:

  • Bare Island near La Perouse
  • Kurnell
  • Camp Cove in Watsons Bay
  • Fairlight
  • Little Bay
  • Clifton Gardens
  • Collection is not authorised within any Aquatic Reserve


Hand Collection

Species (total numbers/amounts to be collected over the term of the permit unless otherwise specified)

  • Black Sea Urchin – Centrostephanus rodgersii 
  • Purple Sea Urchin – Heliocidaris erythrogramma
  • Red Sea Urchin – Heliocidaris tuberculata

Please contact us if you’re interested in helping with the sea urchins collection.