Institute Headquarters – San Diego, CA

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute is headquartered at Perez Cove on Mission Bay, California. The facility houses offices and laboratories located adjacent to SeaWorld San Diego, a marine zoological park. This unique location allows HSWRI to combine the resources of a marine zoological park and several San Diego academic & research universities to expand the capacity of our non-profit research Institute through innovative partnerships and collaborations.

Leon Raymond Hubbard, Jr., Marine Fish Hatchery – Carlsbad, CA

In October of 1995, the Leon Raymond Hubbard, Jr., Marine Fish Hatchery was dedicated as one of southern California’s premier aquaculture facilities. Built on land donated by San Diego Gas & Electric on Agua Hedonia Lagoon in Carlsbad, California, this 22,000-square-foot hatchery is an expansion of the successful Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP) which is restoring the California white seabass population through innovative aquaculture and fishery enhancement techniques developed at HSWRI. The hatchery is capable of producing over 350,000 juvenile white seabass annually.

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Florida Research Laboratory – Melbourne Beach, FL

In Florida, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute operates a marine mammal ecology and animal health lab in its Brevard County facility near Melbourne Beach. Located on the Indian River Lagoon, inside the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge, the Institute’s structure also houses a second story suite of offices, veterinary storage, etc. Everything is there that you would expect from a fully operational marine research facility and regional headquarters. In addition to being the first responders to stranded whales and dolphins on the East Central Florida beaches, the Institute has wide-ranging studies that include global research on bioacoustics, animal physiology and aquaculture. Future plans for the Florida location include a scientific broodstock harvesting and study facility and another, two-story office and lab structure that would be shared with partner organizations. Please visit for more information about our scientific research and marine mammal standing program in Florida

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