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February 19, 2008 | By Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times
The Sunstar's ancient twin diesels fire up like an old man clearing his throat. Terry Herzik cocks his good ear to listen. They are losing compression, but sound as if they should make the three-day trip. Dawn glows faintly behind the gantry cranes and shuttered canneries that overlook Fish Harbor, a blighted abscess of Terminal Island. Herzik climbs into the door-less wheelhouse through a window, trying not to strain a hernia he tore putting up the Christmas tree while his two sons were home from college.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2013 | Tony Barboza
Below the gently rolling waves off the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a spiny purple menace is ravaging what should be a thriving kelp forest. Millions of sea urchins -- scrawny, diseased and desperate for food -- have overrun a band of the shallow seafloor, devouring kelp and crowding out most all other life at a time the giant green foliage is making a comeback elsewhere along the California coast. In an effort to remedy the situation, scientists and divers will spend the next five years culling the urchins from more than 152 acres of coastal waters degraded years ago by pollution.
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SCIENCE
November 11, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Researchers have mapped the genome of the California purple sea urchin, a development that could advance genetic research into human diseases, according to a report published Friday in the journal Science. Sea urchins are popular research animals because they are easy to manipulate genetically and share 70% of their genes and proteins with humans, including those associated with muscular dystrophy and Huntington's disease, according to the study.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Commercial fishermen have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for abandoning a program to create an "otter-free zone" in Southern California coastal waters that sustain shellfish industries. The lawsuit, filed this week by the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of harvesters of sea urchin, abalone and lobster south of Point Conception, accuses the agency of illegally terminating the program without congressional approval or authorization.
FOOD
March 7, 1985 | MINNIE BERNARDINO, Times Staff Writer
Question: At a Japanese buffet restaurant that we frequently go to, a baked seafood dish was served that tasted strangely different to us. It had a somewhat coarse or grainy texture. The waiter said it was uni , which I found out later was the translation for sea urchin. Picturing a sea urchin with sharp spines, I cannot visualize getting anything edible from this creature. Can you please tell us more about this seafood, its safety and nutritional value?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1987 | ERIC MATTSON, Times Staff Writer
In Japan, the delicacy of choice is sea urchins, and some of the catch is harvested off the coast of San Diego. In fact, because the Japanese have been fishing extensively in their waters for hundreds of years, and because the catch there is seasonal, many of Japan's sea urchins are imported from the United States.
NEWS
March 5, 1993 | From Associated Press
Researchers studying sea urchins have identified for the first time the protein that allows a sperm to unite with an egg to create a new life, and the finding could lead to new birth control methods for humans, an expert said Thursday. Dr. William Lennarz, a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, said he and his colleagues "have identified the molecule on the surface of the egg that is the guidance system for the sperm."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1993 | GORDON DILLOW, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Malibu Municipal Court jury decided last week that sea urchins don't shrink--or at least they didn't shrink enough to acquit a sea urchin diver charged with harvesting undersized red sea urchins.
NEWS
September 5, 1993 | GORDON DILLOW, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Malibu Municipal Court jury decided last week that sea urchins don't shrink--or at least they didn't shrink enough to acquit a sea urchin diver charged with harvesting undersized red sea urchins.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1992 | LARRY SPEER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Brett Cunningham bounces across the sandy ocean bottom near Anacapa Island like a ballerina, plucking red sea urchins from the rocky underwater landscape with a pair of tongs. Tethered to his boat, the Johanna G. , by a thin yellow air hose, Cunningham quickly fills a four-foot-tall wire basket with the round, prickly spheres. Then he darts across the ocean floor and dumps the 50 or 60 pounds of urchins into a deep, round net, like a garbage man emptying a can into an underwater dumpster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2011 | By Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times
The Sunstar is in an Oxnard boatyard, up on screw jacks under a canopy of sun-beaten tarps. The orange wheelhouse is peeling, with scraps of plywood standing in for missing window panes. The blue of the hull is scuffed off along the angles . Spots of fiberglass are coming off in brown lesions. The Herzik brothers are hunkered down in the hold, sanding the corners of two new gas tanks they built of plywood and fiberglass. Terry is the captain, 64 years old, solid, broad-shouldered, a bit craggy from the years of sun and sea. Doug is 61, leaner, smoother, with blond-gray hair and hooded, slightly wary eyes.
SCIENCE
October 10, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Four years after the dwindling sea otters of southwest Alaska were placed on the Endangered Species List, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated nearly 5,900 square miles as critical habitat for otters in the Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea and Alaska Peninsula. Near-shore areas were chosen because most of the creatures that sea otters eat -- sea urchins, crabs, octopuses and some bottom fish -- are found in shallow waters, which also provide the best protection from marine predators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2008 | Joe Mozingo, Times Staff Writer
The Sunstar's ancient twin diesels fire up like an old man clearing his throat. Terry Herzik cocks his good ear to listen. They are losing compression, but sound as if they should make the three-day trip. Dawn glows faintly behind the gantry cranes and shuttered canneries that overlook Fish Harbor, a blighted abscess of Terminal Island.
TRAVEL
February 25, 2007 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
SIX years ago -- or was it a dream? -- I spent a day and a half in southern Italy on the Adriatic coast, and there I was left mesmerized by the sun-bleached stone, the blue sky, turquoise sea and dazzling white hilltop towns with twisting cobblestoned streets. I feasted on exquisitely pristine seafood and savored homemade orecchiette sauced with limpid green olive oil and bittersweet rapini served in shallow bowls decorated with blue dots.
SCIENCE
November 11, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Researchers have mapped the genome of the California purple sea urchin, a development that could advance genetic research into human diseases, according to a report published Friday in the journal Science. Sea urchins are popular research animals because they are easy to manipulate genetically and share 70% of their genes and proteins with humans, including those associated with muscular dystrophy and Huntington's disease, according to the study.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2006 | Hemmy So, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of dead or dying purple sea urchins washed up into the Little Corona Marine Life Refuge tide pools in recent days, a phenomenon some officials blame on warmer-than-usual waters. "On Monday there were two or three hundred that littered just the tide pool area," said Amy Stine, Newport Beach marine life refuge supervisor. Normally, she said, she sees at most three urchin shells a day. "Most of them that are now left on the shore are dead.
SPORTS
January 11, 1995 | PETE THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The shark that killed James Robinson last month off San Miguel Island did so silently, swiftly and savagely. It struck as Robinson was treading water, then disappeared without a trace. Or did it? Terry Herzik claims to have seen the shark several times--in his dreams. "It was pretty intense," he said. "I had these horrible, graphic images (of the attack) in my mind for days, and at night I couldn't settle down to go to sleep." Sam Lang could not stop thinking about sharks after the Dec.
NEWS
June 9, 1993 | GORDON DILLOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Veteran diver Vince Puleo offers a simple explanation for why the state Department of Fish and Game cited him for possessing undersized sea urchins. They shrank. "Hey, urchins are like anything else," said Puleo, 50, who has been diving for sea urchins off the Southern California coast for two decades. "When something dies, it shrinks. If you die, you're gonna shrink. When an urchin dies, it's gonna shrink."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2005 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
Not many farmers wear a wetsuit to work. But Tom Ford isn't running your average farm. Instead of a tractor he drives a motorboat. And rather than chase away insects and rodents, he fights off prickly sea urchins.
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