About the California Sea Urchin Commission

Our mission to ensure a reliable, sustainable supply of quality sea urchin products to consumers and enhance the performance of California’s sea urchin industry.

urchin diver on a boat in the California ocean

California Sea Urchin Commission Law

Founded in 2004, the Commission operates under state law to ensure a sustainable sea urchin resource and a reliable supply of quality seafood product for domestic consumption and export.

The Commission seeks to support strong local coastal communities, fair levels of income for fishermen engaged in sea urchin commercial fishing, and historically significant cultural and community resources within California’s coastal areas.

The Sea Urchin Commission is directed by a Commission which includes five elected divers, five elected processors, and one appointed public member. The Commission also includes several non-voting members representing government entities which are significant to the sea urchin fishery.

Commission activities are funded by an assessment on sea urchin harvested and processed in California and which is paid by divers and remitted by processors. The Commission may undertake various industry initiatives, including a diver-based urchin assessment program; independent scientific research; developing and advocating for management alternatives; public information and educational programs; develop new or expand existing markets; establishment of quality improvement standards; projects to promote California uni; and advocate for the urchin fishery.

Chairman of The Board

Dave Rudie

Dave Rudie

5202 Lovelock St
San Diego, CA 92110
619-704-3615
Dave@catalinaop.com

Commissioners

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Cliff Hawk

District 1 (San Diego)
8123 Palm Street
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
619-985-0007
cliffhawk@yahoo.com

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District 2 (San Pedro)

Dave Colker

Dave Colker

District 3 (Ventura/Oxnard)
1237 S. Victoria Avenue #284
Oxnard, CA 93035
805-663-2152
davecolker@gmail.com

Harry L

Harry Liquornik

District 4 (Santa Barbara)
1421 Robbins Street
Santa Barbara, Ca 93101
805-451-2504
abreojos.one@cox.net

Grant Downey

Grant Downie

District 5 (Fort Bragg)
P.O. Box 387
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
707-367-2018
fb_grantdown@hotmail.com

Alternate Commissioners

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District 1 (San Diego)

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District 2 (San Pedro)

Nathan Rosser

Nathan Rosser

District 3 (Ventura/Oxnard)
8776 Nye Road
Ventura, CA 93001
310-227-3644
paradisecoveseafood@gmail.com

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Mike Johnson

District 4 (Santa Barbara)
613 Bradley Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-280-3826
jjlsharps@yahoo.com

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Dirk Ammerman

District 5 (Fort Bragg)
32399 Basin St
Fort Bragg CA 95437
707-734-0305
dirkamm@live.com

Public Representitive

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District 1 (San Diego)

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Processor Representitive(s)

Gene Demachi

Gene Demachi

Tradewind Seafood, Inc.
1505 Mountain Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93030
Office: 1.805.483.8555
gdemachi@twseafood.com

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Kai Nagata

Ocean Queen 87, INC
4511 Everett Ave
Vernon, CA 90058
818-261-0887
nagatakai@gmail.com
ocean.queen@yahoo.com

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Bob Juntz

Ocean Fresh Seafood
350 N. Main St
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
707-357-4519
oceanfreshllc@mcn.org

Dave Rudie

David Rudie

Catalina Offshore Products
5202 Lovelock St
San Diego, CA 92110
619-297-9797
rudie.dave@gmail.com

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Mas Yanagita

Maruju Seafood
1577 Cota Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813

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Tom Trumper

Pacific Rim Seafood
P.O. Box 2647
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
707-972-9544
trtrumper@gmail.com

Non-Voting Commissioners

D Stein

Derek Stein

Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Region
3196 South Higuera Street Suite A
San Luis Obispo CA 93401
805-594-6177 (Office), (805) 242-6726 (Cell)
derek.stein@wildlife.ca.gov

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Ben Kardokus

Economist, California Department of Food and Agriculture
1220 N Street, Sacramento CA 95814
916-900-5018 (Office) 916-900-5343 (fax)
ben.kardokus@cdfa.ca.gov

Executive Director

David Goldenberg

David Goldenberg

P.O. Box 2077
Folsom, CA

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