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 over five decades.Chartered “to return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it,” the Institute has conducted innovative scientific research throughout the world to protect our living ocean resources, ocean-based economy and quality of life.
Our founder, Milton C. Shedd and our namesake, Dr. Carl L. Hubbs possessed a pioneering spirit, a passion for the sea, and a clarity of vision for marine conservation. That same spirit is the compass that continues to steer the Institute today.
Dr. Clark Hubbs, the son of Carl L. and Laura C. Hubbs served on the HSWRI Board of Trustees until his passing in 2008. Bill Shedd, the son of Milton Shedd, serves as Chairman of the Board today. His active involvement offers a unique continuity and historic perspective to the legacy of the Institute and the core values of our founders.
Milton C. Shedd (1923-2002)
Milt was an avid and accomplished fisherman and visionary conservationist. He understood the intrinsic value of the oceans as a primary economic engine of the world that needed to be nurtured and cared for. His life-long marine conservation ethic fostered the creation of the independent non-profit Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and the for-profit SeaWorld in 1963. Milt envisioned that HSWRI would provide scientific information and ocean education to the visitors of the SeaWorld zoological theme park.
As Chairman Emeritus of the Institute, Mr. Shedd continued his commitment to marine conservation and scientific research. He was a proponent of the Hubbs-SeaWorld expansion in Brevard County, Florida. One of his last projects was to forward the concept of turning decommissioned oil rigs into reefs and research platforms to support recreational sport fishing.
Milt’s passing is a great loss to ocean conservation and Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. The enduring spirit of his legacy will continue “to return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it.”