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Thriving Oceans for a Healthier World

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) is a non-profit scientific research organization committed to conserving and renewing marine life to ensure a healthier planet. Our team of experts provides innovative and objective scientific solutions to challenges threatening ocean health and marine life in our rapidly changing world.

The Institute began in 1963 when Milton C. Shedd, one of the visionary founders of SeaWorld, recognized the importance of  developing and nurturing a non-profit research foundation with the vision “to return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it.”

In the following years, SeaWorld parks opened in multiple locations including San Diego, California and Orlando, Florida providing opportunities for collaborative research on animals in zoological parks that would complement the non-profit foundation’s field  research on marine wildlife.

The research foundation was later rededicated as the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute in honor of Dr. Carl Leavitt Hubbs’ inspiring achievements in ocean science and education.

While we are separate entities, HSWRI continues to collaborate with SeaWorld on scientific research on marine life and ocean health and both organizations serve as “first responders” in marine animal rescue.

In our rapidly changing world, our research is never complete. Whether it is deploying rescue teams, replenishing depleted fish populations, protecting habitats or simply better understanding life in our oceans, we want to create a planet where humans and marine life thrive together. Every bit counts and you can make a difference.

OUR PURPOSE

To conserve and renew marine life to ensure a healthier planet.

OUR MISSION

To return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it.

OUR VISION

To steward a healthier planet where humans and marine life thrive together.

OUR PROMISE

We provide innovative and objective scientific solutions to challenges facing
ocean health and marine life in our rapidly changing world.