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From pest to payday: Japan cities try to tame sea urchin

Odawara feeds the critters scrap cabbage so they don't decimate local seaweed

Sea urchin is served on white rice. The creature can devastate the local environment if left unchecked.

TOKYO -- A city roughly 100 km southwest of Tokyo has come up with a new local delicacy: sea urchin raised on scrap cabbage and orange peels.

Sea urchins live double lives in Japan. As part of the national cuisine, they fetch high prices. But only a few coastal areas are believed to produce ones of sufficient quality -- and the rest are often exterminated because they can ravage local seaweed populations.

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