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September 25, 2013
Indian River Lagoon Public Forum -- Thursday, September 26, 2013

September 25, 2013
SeaWorld San Diego E-Recycle Event -- Saturday, September 28

June 14, 2013
June 11, 2013 -

  "Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute 50-Year Anniversary Day" 


50th Proclamation June 11 2013


District 2 Councilmember Kevin Faulconer, SeaWorld San Diego aviculturists Amanda Newman and Lauren DuBois with Magellanic penguins, HSWRI President/CEO Don Kent and HSWRI Executive Vice President Dr. Pam Yochem. 

In honor of Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute's 50th Anniversary and to mark this significant milestone in San Diego history, the San Diego City Council has issued a proclamation that June 11, 2013, is "Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute 50-Year Anniversary Day."  On hand to receive the proclamation were: Don Kent, President/CEO, Dr. Pam Yochem, Executive Vice President, and Eileen Sigler, Development Director accompanied by SeaWorld staff and SeaWorld's very own celebrity penguins!  


Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, officially celebrated 50 years of its mission "to return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it" on June 3, 2013.  In 1963 Milton C. Shedd, one of the visionary founders of SeaWorld in San Diego, met with world-renowned marine biologist Dr. Carl L. Hubbs. They had a clear vision of a unique scientific research organization that would be independent, highly productive, creative, technology-driven and results-oriented. Together with other business, scientific and community leaders, they founded a vital new institution for marine research, the Mission Bay Research Foundation, which was renamed Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute in 1977. The Institute has built upon that foundation for five decades.  

June 14, 2013
August 21, 2013 - Two Millionth Fish Release and Society Member BBQ


June 14, 2013
September 7, 2013 - 50th Anniversary Celebration - Fins, Flukes & Feathers!


Please click here for an electronic event response card. Once you have completed the form, simply attach to a new email message and send to Julie Diuguid at [email protected].  Once your message is received, a confirmation message will be forthcoming. 



March 27, 2013
April 20, 2013--SeaWorld's 2nd Annual Pole to Pole 5k Fun Run Benefitting HSWRI







Support animal conservation and Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute programs by participating in SeaWorld's 2nd Annual Pole to Pole Fun Run presented by Nature's Own on Saturday, April 20, 2013.  Event proceeds from this year's Fun Run will once again benefit HSWRI projects to help animals worldwide. Join in the fun by signing up today! Please share the excitement with your family and friends.

Be one of the first 500 registrants and receive FREE race-day SeaWorld Park admission and parking! $35 registration also includes t-shirt, breakfast, and meet & greets with SeaWorld Animal Ambassadors.

Register Here:

October 3, 2011
October 11, 2011: Whale Sounds, Whale Music: Reflections of a Marine Biologist on Moby-Dick

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and The San Diego Opera present

Whale Sounds, Whale Music: Reflections of a Marine Biologist on Moby-Dick

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 ~ Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute


HSWRI Shedd Auditorium (doors open at 6:30 p.m.Click here to Reserve Your Seats (or call 619.232.7636)


Dr. Ann Bowles, Senior Research Scientist, Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute

Dr. Nicolas Reveles, the Geisel Director of Education and Outreach,  San Diego Opera 

In a conversation between Dr. Ann Bowles and Dr. Nicolas Reveles the connection between Melville’s book and current scientific study in conservation will be explored. Melville had no inkling of the conservation ethic, but his work exposes the painful tension between exploitation and conservation in a way that modern writers cannot because he described in exacting detail the collapse of the whale fishery from the perspective of the whalers.

Dr. Bowles will interpret Melville’s observations and incidents like the sinking of the whale ship Essex and depredations of Mocha Dick, which inspired Melville to write Moby-Dick, in light of what we know about sperm whales today. The audience will step into the whales’ ocean world through the medium of their sounds, with the hope that this discussion will help San Diegans enjoy the lyrical battle between Captain Ahab and The Whale in Jake Heggie’s opera.

Please join us for this very special evening.  This program is free but reservations are required as space is limited. To register for the Community Conversation program you must go through the Opera's website: or by calling SDO   Patron Services at 619.232.7636, M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 619.226.3881.


September 21, 2011
HSWRI plays a major role in the rescue of Winter, star of Dolphin Tale

Dolphin Tale the inspirational story about Winter, the tailless bottlenose dolphin, is scheduled for release this weekend.  While her story of rehabilitation is remarkable and certainly deserving of Hollywood’s attention, the movie only touches on Winter’s amazing rescue by Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute’s (HSWRI) Marine Mammal Stranding Team and other animal care experts who struggled for almost an entire day to save her life.

On the morning of December 10, 2005 Teresa Mazza, research assistant for HSWRI received a call from Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FFWC) asking her to respond to a call from a fisherman who had found a baby dolphin tangled in a crab pot line in Mosquito Lagoon in Canaveral National Seashore, Florida. 

When Teresa arrived on the scene, the dolphin was bleeding and gasping for air. Her tail already destroyed by her struggles and lack of circulation to it.  She was sure the dolphin was dying. Teresa called her colleague and friend Claire Surrey at the FFWC, who came right out to help. There were able to guide the dolphin to a sandbar and took turns holding her in the across their laps in the frigid water.  Teresa said, “When we first got close she was squealing in pain and freaking out.  But once I had her in the shallow water, she lay with her head in my lap. I kept splashing her and tried to shade her from the sun to stop her burning.”   Teresa and Claire continued to monitor her vital signs, and did their best to keep the young dolphin calm.

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Finally at dusk, a SeaWorld rescue van arrived. Teresa, Claire and a team from Harbor Branch carried the baby dolphin ashore in a stretcher.  It was a five-hour trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, her new home, where she would be named Winter.

The dolphin squealed loudly as they took her away on a stretcher. "You could tell she still had a lot of energy and fight left in her," Teresa said. "It's a good sign, actually."

Winter did survive, but her tail did not.  Those hours she spent trapped by the crap pot lines cut off circulation and her tail rotted off taking three vertebrae with it.  But we all know by now the story has a happy ending.  Winter was fitted with a prosthetic tail to aid in her recovery and she is now the star in a Hollywood movie.

While this is an incredible story, this is just one example of the lengths to which our Marine Mammal Stranding Team and other marine mammal specialist will go to in order to care for these wonderful animals on a daily basis. 

Click here to learn how you can help prevent injuries to dolphins.

August 29, 2011
Local explorers comb world's oceans, deserts, mountains

Great article in today's San Diego Union-Tribune on our very own Dr. Brent Stewart and his prestigious Explorers Club Award. 

Click below to read the story:

Local explorers comb world's oceans, deserts, mountains


March 29, 2011
2011 Bill Poole Memorial Angling Tournament: July 29, 30 and 31!



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Enter theTournament

Purchase Tickets for July 31st Banquet Only

Make a donation to the HSWRI white seabass replenishment program

  Get Official Score Sheet and Angling Rules

Great Tournament!  Expanded format includes White Seabass, Halibut, Yellowtail, Albacore, Bluefin Tuna and Yellowfin Tuna! All proceeds go directly to HSWRI's white seabass replenishment program.

Great Awards Banquet! At Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute's Mission Bay beautiful bayside headquarters!

Great Prizes!  Categories include: A. High Private Boat Angler, B. High Sport Boat Angler, C. High Kayak Angler, D. High Spearfishing Angler, E. High Junior Angler and F. High Tournament Angler. NOTE: Anglers may submit one fish per eligible species (see above). The heaviest single fish will determine the winner in Categories A through E (ties will be decided by a coin flip). The heaviest combined weight (one fish from each eligible species) will decide the winner in Category F. This is a non-monetary event. Winners will receive a beautiful, hand-carved Circle Hook by David Wirth (see photo below):

Congratulations to our 2011 Honorees 
Don Hansen ~ Bill Poole Memorial Award
Jock Albright ~ Milt Shedd Memorial Award

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S c h e d u l e   o f    E v e n t s

Thursday, July 28
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Shedd Auditorium ~ HSWRI's Mission Bay Headquarters

The meeting will cover final rules, bait availability, and feature  expert advice from some of California's best anglers including Carl Schmidt and "Rock Cod" Rick Maxa of Let's Talk Hookup!

Lines In:      6:00 p.m. Friday, July 29
Lines Out:   6:00 p.m. Saturday, July 30

Entry Fees: $50 per adult angler, $25 per junior angler under 16 years of age (entry fee includes admission to Awards BBQ on Sunday, a one-month membership to  Sea Tow commencing on July 29, a two-day life jacket rental and a Captain's goody bag--for an additional total value of more than $50). New this year--very cool tournament baseball caps--available for an additional $15 (see right for front of hat embroidery). Click here for Entry Form and for more information.

Click here for Official Score Sheet and Angling Rules


Sunday, July 31
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
HSWRI’s Mission Bay Headquarters

Featuring Master of Ceremony:  Pete Gray of Let's Talk Hook Up

The Barbecue is open to everyone and will feature delicious cultured-fish tacos, prepared on site by local chefs from the Chefs de Cuisine Association, opportunity drawing and silent auction, tours of the Institute’s Mission Bay hatchery operations where we raise California yellowtail and halibut, up-close encounters with some of SeaWorld's adorable animal ambassadors and more!

BBQ tickets available for guests 12 and over at $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
Children 7 to 11 years of age,$10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Children 6 and under are free.


Click here to RSVP for BBQ Only

The Bill Poole Memorial Angling Tournament was created to benefit Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI), a non-profit marine research Institute founded in 1963 to seek scientific solutions that protect and conserve marine animals while benefiting humans and their reliance on marine resources, including seafood. Since 1983 Hubbs aquaculture scientists have bred, raised, and released more than 1.8 million juvenile white seabass. Thanks in part to this extraordinary program, the white seabass, a popular recreational and commercial fishery, has staged a remarkable recovery. While many marine science programs deserve support, this one is virtually unique in that it actually returns fish to the sea

HSWRI’s stock replenishment program is an important tool for sustainable fisheries management and truly embodies its mission, “to return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it. The values HSWRI embodies earned the respect of the sportfishing pioneer and icon Bill Poole. After Bill’s passing in 2009, his wife Ingrid Poole eagerly joined with HSWRI to establish the Bill Poole Memorial Angling Tournament in support of this programTo read more about this great man click here.

Now in its third year, this popular tournament will feature a wide range of trophy categories. Special prizes will be given for any white seabass captured alive and donated to HSWRI's brood stock program. All white seabass heads will be scanned for tags as part of HSWRI’s program to identify hatchery-reared fish from wild individuals. This will, once again, be a family-oriented, non-money tournament designed to encourage sportsmanship and ocean awareness. All proceeds go directly to HSWRI white seabass replenishment program.

We are still in need of some wonderful sponsors.  Please help make this our best event yet by becoming an event sponsor.  Click here for sponsorship opportunities and sponsor form or call 619-226-3881 to find out how you can get involved. 

Many thanks to our major sponsors
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and to our outstanding committee:
Honorary Chair
Ingrid Poole
Committee Chair
Carl Robbins
Organizing Committee
John Campbell
Bob Fletcher
Kurt Hoffman
Don Kent
Rick Maxa
Matt Moyer
Carl Schmidt
Mike Shane
Karen Terra
Louie Zimm
Culinary Committee
Michael Ames
David Chenelle
Jeff Roberto 



January 24, 2011
HSWRI Video--Science in the Sea

Check our new video:  Science in the Sea. Our president, Don Kent, presented this at the NCSE's 11th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Our Changing Oceans held in Washington DC in January. Special thanks to SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment for making this possible!


Science in the Sea


January 18, 2011
Drs. Ann Bowles and Brent Stewart on Animal Planet's I, Predator tonight!

Don't forget to tune in tonight, January 18, to Animal Planet's new series I, Predator. Tonight's episode, Polar Bear vs. Seal features HSWRI's senior research scientists Dr. Ann Bowles and Dr. Brent Stewart.  It's scheduled to run at 8 p.m. and again at 11 p.m.

Check out a preview that features Dr. Stewart: I, Predator: Polar Bear vs. Seal




December 15, 2010
Aquaculture Program Research Report -- August & September 2010

Check out our aquaculture program’s bi-monthly newsletter for August and September2010:  Click here to read newsletter.


You can find back issues of the newsletter by clicking here.


If you would like to receive this in your mailbox on a bi-monthly basis, please send an email to [email protected]  


October 19, 2010
November 11 - Join us for our November Hubbs Science Seminar

100 Years of Biogeographic Change in the Vertebrates of Southern Calif. (San Jacinto Mountains, 1908-2008)

Dr. Lori Hardgrove, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias, San Diego Natural History Museum [email protected]

Thursday, November 11, 2010
12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Shedd Auditorium
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
2595 Ingraham Street
San Diego, CA 92109

Dr. Hargrove is a post-doctoral researcher at the San Diego Natural History Museum.  She has over 15 years of field biology experience including work with endangered species, and she coordinated surveys and developed monitoring protocols for the Coachella Valley Multiple Species and Habitat Conservation Plan.  She recently completed her Ph.D. in Biology at the University of California, Riverside, on Limits to Species’ Distributions: Spatial Structure and Dynamics of Breeding Bird Populations Along an Ecological Gradient.  She is currently working on a survey of 20 sites in the San Jacinto Mountains first surveyed in 1908, to see how biogeographic patterns of vertebrate species have changed over 100 years. The work is a collaboration with the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at U.C. Berkeley, where similar work has been done in places like Yosemite.  She is interested in how climate change is affecting biogeographic patterns of terrestrial vertebrates. The project website is: Dr. Hargrove has been the recipient of numerous research awards including a Biological Impacts of Climate Change Research Grant from the State of California and Point Reyes Bird Observatory, and a Mewaldt-King Student Research Award from the Cooper Ornithological Society. 

October 6, 2010
East Coast Redfish Brood Stock Collection Begins November 12-13, 2010

Strengthening the Future for Sportfishing Along Florida's Vast Coastal Waterways.

East Coast Redfish Brood Stock Collection Begins November 12-13, 2010

The Big Reds 
All proceeds benefit the establishment of East Coast hatcheries and are tax deductible*.

Dear Florida Anglers:

The Wildlife Foundation of Florida, FWC and all our partners throughout Florida are working hard to create a network of state-wide recreational hatcheries to provide fish for today and tomorrow.  We need your help and support. Your participation in this event will provide the funding for establishing and maintaining the first East Coast redfish brood stocking efforts and help kick-off our hatchery efforts at the Florida Institute of Technology’s Vero Beach Marine Lab in the Indian River Lagoon.

Without your support and participation, this effort will not be possible.  Please join us for a one of a kind day of fishing that will benefit fishing in Florida for generations to come.


This tournament is designed to capture live, healthy redfish that will be the brood stock of fishery enhancement efforts. Tournament anglers will catch the fish, place them in live wells or net pens, and transfer them to large tanks on “chase boats” that will be distributed throughout the fishing area. Fish in the 32-40” range will be kept as brood stock, and the numbers and sizes of the fish will count toward each angler’s overall tournament score. Each angler will also be allowed to enter one redfish larger than 40” by photographing and then releasing it. Smaller redfish will be released without contributing to the angler’s score.


  • 40 boats maximum
  • 2 anglers per boat
  • $1250 per angler (entry fee includes guide)
  • Guides required
  • Gala on Friday, November 12th --Dinner and Beverages on Vero Beach --Mandatory captains meeting at the event to discuss tournament logistics
  • Launch 6:00 AM on Saturday, November 13th

Click Here for Tournament Information

This event brought to you by our sponsors and partners below


Florida Beer Company
Florida Institute of Technology


Florida Institute of Technology
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation 
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution

For additional event information contact Brett Boston at (800) 988-4889.

*The Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. is a public charity exempt from federal income tax as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions to the Organization are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.


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