The Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP) is one of the few stocking programs dedicated to assessing the biological and economic impacts of its releases, and is the only program of its kind on the west coast of North America.

Each juvenile white seabass released through OREHP is tagged internally in the cheek with a 1 mm long stainless steel coded wire tag (CWT). This CWT is not visible externally on the fish and can only be located with a specialized scanning and detection device.

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute needs your help to track OREHP’s effectiveness. Please save and freeze heads of adult white seabass with the stones/ear bones intact. HSWRI will scan donated heads for internal tags and collect the appropriate age and
genetic stock information.

White seabass heads can be dropped off at one of the many freezer locations
throughout southern California – see below.

White Seabass Head

Freezer Drop-Off Locations

Organization / Landing


Santa Barbara

Calif Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (805) 568-1221
Eric’s Tackle Shop (805) 963-3564

Ventura / Oxnard

Eric’s Tackle Shop (805) 648-5665
Channel Islands Sportfishing Center (805) 985-8511

Marina Del Rey

Marina Del Rey Sportfishing (310) 822-3625

Torence / Redondo Beach 

Redondo Beach Marina Boat Hoist (310) 374-3481

San Pedro / Long Beach

22nd Street Sportfishing (310) 832-8304
Long Beach Sportfishing (562) 432-8993
Pierpoint Landing (562) 983-9300

Santa Catalina Island

Avalon Seafood (end of green pier) (310) 510-0197
Two Harbors (harbor patrol office on pier) (310) 510-4253

Los Alamitos / Huntington Beach

Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (562) 342-7100
Mako Matt’s Marine (714) 893-7743
Pacific Edge Bait & Tackle (714) 840-4262

Newport Beach / Irvine

Angler’s Center (949) 642-6662
Balboa Angling Club (949) 673-6316
Davey’s locker (949) 673-1434
Newport Landing Sportfishing (949) 675-0550

Dana Point

Dana Wharf Sportfishing (949) 496-5794
Hogan’s Bait & Tackle (949) 493-3528
Jig Stop Tackle & Tours (949) 496-3555

Oceanside / Carlsbad / Solana Beach

Helgren’s Sportfishing (760) 722-2133
Leon Raymond Hubbard, Jr. Hatchery (760) 434-9501
Blue Water Tackle (858) 350-8505

San Diego

James & Joseph Spearfishing Supplies (619) 295-3705
Dana Landing (Mission Bay) (619) 226-2929
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (619) 226-3870
Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (858) 467-4201

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