The delicate but large Sea Urchin Roe found along this coast line have a maximum natural sweetness which is unique to the NSW South Coast.
Sea Urchin Harvest Chris is the diver. Chris has been diving for over 35 years and is regarded as one of the best Sea Urchin divers in Australia. His dedication to premium product and freshness, combined with his knowledge of the best spots to dive, set Chris apart from other divers.
The harvesting of Sea Urchin Roe is a delicate process as the Roe can easily be damaged. Sea Urchin Harvest has a highly experienced team of processors dedicated to processing to the highest standards in our “A” rated HACCP factory.
Our processing factory in Tomakin is only 5 minutes drive from the boat ramp. This means we can get the Sea Urchins quickly to our factory, allowing us to control the temperature better and deliver the freshest and most premium Sea Urchin Roe in Australia for same day shipping.
At Sea Urchin Harvest we dive to order and are confident that the taste of our Sea Urchin Roe will leave you satisfied.
Our Sea Urchin Roe diver, Chris Theodore, has been diving the waters off the South East Coast of Australia ever since he was a young teen and has now been diving commercially for over 25 years.
Chris comes from a large family of divers, who have been diving along this coastline since 1960. His father, Chris Snr, was a successful Abalone diver who introduced his three sons to diving at a very early age.
Chris Snr would take his boys out on many of his diving trips, allowing the boys to jump in beside him and learn first hand what it took to be a great diver. Those early experiences diving with his father and the knowledge and expertise that was handed down, made Chris the diver he is today.
Regarded as one of the best Sea Urchin divers in Australia, Chris's dedication to premium product and freshness, combined with his knowledge of the best spots to dive, set Chris apart from other divers. On any given day Chris will search between Ulludulla in NSW, to Mallacoota in Victoria and spend at least five hours under water sourcing the best Sea Urchins. Typically Chris would average around 200kg an hour of live Sea Urchins.
With the processing plant located on his property at Tomakin in NSW, Chris is able to deliver his premium grade Sea Urchins, within hours, while also overseeing all quality control. This means Chris can deliver the freshest and most premium Sea Urchin Roe products in Australia the same day.
Chris's love for the ocean extends further then diving. If the ocean is too rough, Chris will probably be seen surfing somewhere along the coast with his three young kids and wife, or fishing with his mates. Always in the ocean, Chris a true waterman at heart.
We dive the Centro Urchin (Centrostephanus) which is a long-spine urchin which can get up to 30 centimetres in diamater. This type of Urchin can form extensive Urchin barrens and are generally located on rocky reefs, in shallow reef habitat.
The Centro Urchin is a native species of New South Wales (NSW) but has grown in population along the East Coast of Australia and can now be found as far down as Port Davey on the South West coast of Tasmania.
The delicate but large Sea Urchin Roe have maximum natural sweetness which is unique to the NSW South Coast.
From Ulladulla in NSW to Mallacoota in Victoria where we dive, there is a very large population to source from. The ocean floor is full of very luscious kelp for the Sea Urchins to feed off and combined with the pristine clear waters of the South Coast, this area breeds the best Sea Urchins in Australia on a consistent basis.
The best months to dive for Sea Urchin Roe along this coastline is generally from December through to June, when the Roe is large and is at its peak flavor.
With our processing factory located in Tomakin, NSW, and over looking Broulee Island and down to Montague Island near Narooma, we are always monitoring the weather conditions and first in the water to dive.
Chris does a lot of diving close to our home and processing factory in Tomakin and some days we can actually watch Chris diving off Broulee Island. With the boat ramp only 5 minutes drive away, we can get the Sea Urchins quickly to our processing factory, which allows us to control the temperature much better and deliver the freshest and most premium Sea Urchin Roe in Australia the same day.