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Mark A Drawbridge MS


Senior Research Scientist

Aquaculture for Stock Enhancement and Food Production, Fisheries Ecology

Mark Drawbridge became involved with HSWRI in 1986 while participating in the Institute’s nearshore fish surveys as part of his Master’s Degree research. Prior to completing his degree at San Diego State University in 1990, Mark spent a year of his graduate program at the University of Queensland in Queensland, Australia. The Institute hired Mark in 1989 as research technician for the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP) field assessment program. By 1999, after demonstrating his scientific excellence and high-productivity, Mark was promoted to a senior research biologist to direct the Institute’s aquaculture and fisheries research programs. These programs currently support over 30 full time employees at facilities located in San Diego, Carlsbad, Catalina Island and Mexico.


Current Research

A Fisheries Enhancement Success Story

The Ocean Resources Enhancement Hatchery Program

Rebuilding Rockfish Populations

Offshore Demonstration Project 


Selected Publications

Aalbers, S.A., G.M. Stutzer and M.A. Drawbridge. The effects of catch-and-release angling on the growth and survival of juvenile white seabass captured on offset circle and J-type hooks. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 24:793-800. 2004.

Lopez, L.M., Torres, A.L., Durazo, E., Drawbridge, M.A. and D.P. Bureau. Effects of lipid on growth and feed utilization of white seabass (Atractoscion nobilis) fingerlings. Aquaculture 253:557-563. 2006.

Stickney, Robert R., Barry Costa-Pierce, Donald M. Baltz, Mark Drawbridge, Churchill Grimes, Stephen Phillips and D. LaDon Swann. Toward Sustainable Open Ocean Aquaculture in the United States. Fisheries, Volume 13, No. 12. 2006.

Smiley, J.E. and M.A. Drawbridge. Techniques for live capture of deepwater fishes with special emphasis on the design and application of a low-cost hyperbaric chamber. Journal of Fish Biology 70, 867-878. 2007. 
Mark Drawbridge

Major Research Areas
Aquaculture for Stock Enhancement and Food Production, Fisheries Ecology

B.A., Biology, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg M.S., Marine Ecology, San Diego State University, San Diego

Professional Activities
California Aquaculture Association, President; World Aquaculture Society, member; American Fisheries Society, member; Western Regional Aquaculture Center (WRAC) Technical Committee, member; San Diego County Aquaculture Commodity representative to the California Farm Bureau; Advisory Panel member US- Japan Natural Resources Aquaculture Panel.

University Affiliations
Adjunct Faculty and Lecturer in Aquaculture, University of San Diego; Graduate student advisor, University of San Diego, California State University at San Marcos and Fullerton; Autonomous University of Baja California, MX.