June 14, 2013
San Diego City Council Proclaims June 11, 2013

  “Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute 50-Year Anniversary Day”  

50th Proclamation June 11 2013

District 2 Councilmember Kevin Faulconer, SeaWorld San Diego aviculturists Amanda Newman and Lauren DuBois with Magellanic penguins, HSWRI President/CEO Don Kent and HSWRI Executive Vice President Dr. Pam Yochem.


In honor of Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute’s 50th Anniversary and to mark this significant milestone in San Diego history, the San Diego City Council has issued a proclamation that June 11, 2013, is “Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute 50-Year Anniversary Day.”  On hand to receive the proclamation were: Don Kent, President/CEO, Dr. Pam Yochem, Executive Vice President, and Eileen Sigler, Development Director accompanied by SeaWorld staff and SeaWorld’s very own celebrity penguins! 

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, officially celebrated 50 years of its mission “to return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it” on June 3, 2013.  In 1963 Milton C. Shedd, one of the visionary founders of SeaWorld in San Diego, met with world-renowned marine biologist Dr. Carl L. Hubbs. They had a clear vision of a unique scientific research organization that would be independent, highly productive, creative, technology-driven and results-oriented. Together with other business, scientific and community leaders, they founded a vital new institution for marine research, the Mission Bay Research Foundation, which was renamed Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute in 1977. The Institute has built upon that foundation for five decades.