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Donald B. Kent, M.S.


Don Kent has served as President and CEO of Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute since 1998. Don came to the Institute in 1977 as a SDSU graduate student working on the growth characteristics of striped bass. He has participated on numerous Institute programs studying gray whales, assessing noise effects on animals, minimizing killer whale impacts on fishing operations and, closest to his interests, the development of marine finfish aquaculture.

Don was instrumental in initiating the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP), a highly successful partnership of the recreational fishing community, the California Department of Fish and Game and the California Legislature created to investigate ways to counteract the depletion of California’s coastal marine fisheries through stock enhancement. He is also responsible for the planning and construction of the Leon Raymond Hubbard, Jr. Marine Fish Hatchery in Carlsbad, where the Institute has reared, raised and released more than 2.3 million white seabass since 1983.

Don is a native San Diegan and lives in Olivenhain, California with his family.


Research Areas

Aquaculture for Stock Enhancement and Food Production, Fisheries Ecology


B.A., Neurobiology, University of California, San Diego; M.S., Marine Biology, San Diego State University

Professional Activities

Chair, California Artifical Reef Enhancement (CARE) Program; Member, San Diego Downtown Rotary Club; Member, Military Industrial Legal Media Education Complex (MILMEC); Member, NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC)

University Affiliations

Adjunct Professor, San Diego State University; Research Associate, University of San Diego