Sea urchin: From plague to market opportunity

José M. Grisolía, Francisco López, Juan de Dios Ortúzar

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The coast line of the Canary Islands (Spain) has suffered from a plague of Diadema antillarum (sea urchin) over the last decades. This has attracted the attention of local authorities since it is becoming a serious environmental problem. We set out to analyse the potential market for sea urchin meat in this region, where this species is not subject to commercial exploitation and it is relatively unknown. The paper uses data from a sample of volunteers who were interviewed before and after tasting different dishes cooked with sea urchin. We applied discrete choice models considering that answers before and after experiencing this food belonged to different types of data; this is a mixed data approach in the state of practice. Our main conclusion is that there is indeed a market niche for having specialised restaurants serving sea urchin as a delicacy food.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-56
Number of pages11
JournalFood Quality and Preference
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Discrete choice models
  • Efficient experimental design
  • Food choices
  • Mixed data analysis
  • Sea urchin meat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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