Innovative Research Through The Years


Selected Research Projects

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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. HSWRI operates out of three locations, San Diego, CA, Carlsbad, CA and Melbourne Beach, FL.


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Wildlife Populations

Our research focuses on predicting and, when possible, preventing negative impacts to vulnerable marine animals facing increasing human populations, intensifying environmental pressures and changing climate. Learn More

Animal Behavior

Sound plays an integral role in both human and animal lives—it helps individuals maintain social bonds, care for young, navigate, find food, avoid predators and monitor the world around them. At Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, our bioacoustics program studies how marine animals produce and are affected by sound. Learn More

Ocean Health

Our Ocean Health Program studies how animals react to natural and human-induced change. Understanding and preventing diminished marine animal health and widespread mortality events of populations of marine mammals, seabirds, finfish and sharks are some of our top priorities. Learn More

Sustainable Seafood

The world’s population is slated to grow by 2.4 billion people by 2050.* According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, we must produce 70 percent more food to meet impending world hunger needs. Our research team and its collaborators have played a leadership role for over 35 years in developing innovative replenishment solutions with no negative biological impacts. Learn More

Latest News & Events

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 60th Anniversary Gala last week! Together, we raised over $160,000 to support our crucial work " to return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it." Check out our photos from this milestone event.

Didn't get a chance to support? You can donate or bid on one of our "Flash" Sale items here:

Thank you to our sponsors: SeaWorld, Wells Fargo, Highland PM, #SharonDLundFoundation, #TheSheddFamily, #MrsChristyWalton, #CaliforniaArtificialReefEnhancement, Glacier Pac, Santa Monica Seafood, NRG Energy, WestAir Gases & Equipment Inc., #AlpertFamilyFoundation, #BoasFamily, #HammerAssociates
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HSWRI’s White Seabass Program Makes Headlines

Senior Research Scientist, Mark Drawbridge was interviewed by KUSI News to discuss Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute’s Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP) and its incredible contribution to the once-depleted white seabass population.

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Education & Outreach

We are committed to creating future citizen advocates for ocean health and marine life by advancing public appreciation for scientific discovery.

Our scientists encourage life-long learning in ocean science through public outreach.