Michael A. Shane, M.S.

Director of Fisheries Enhancement

Major Research Areas

Fisheries Biology and Marine Ecology


  • B.S., Biology, San Diego State University;
  • M.S., Ecology, San Diego State University

Professional Activities

Diving Safety Officer for HSWRI

Current Research

  • Assessment of a marine finfish stock enhancement program in California
  • Environmental assessment of cage farming of marine finfish
  • Acoustic tracking of marine fish
  • Age and growth of wild and captive white seabass
  • Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA)
  • Ultrasonic Transmitters for Fish–Are They Dinner Bells?

Mike Shane came to Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute in 1988 as a field research technician on the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP). While working on his graduate degree at San Diego State University, Mike became the field research manager for the OREHP and developed techniques for swim bladder deflation and handling of fish collected for broodstock. He has investigated novel marking techniques for fish and abalone. Mike was also a co-principal investigator with several professors from SDSU to study the impacts on the marine environment as a result of coastal development along the Orange County coastline. Mike speaks to various fishing clubs throughout Southern California educating them about the OREHP and his research activities.

For the past 8 years, Mike has been responsible for monitoring the environmental impacts around marine fish cages associated HSWRI’s aquaculture programs in both the US and Mexico. In 2012, Mike was part of an international working group that evaluated environmental impact models as tools to support and promote the sustainable growth of marine fish cage culture in the US. Currently Mike is using acoustic telemetry to observe the movements of cultured marine finfish released in embayments. As a compliment to this work he has investigated surgical implantation techniques and wound healing in fish as well as the acoustic properties of the transmitters used in fish telemetry.

Selected Publications

Bowles, A.E., S.L. Denes, and M.A. Shane. 2010. Acoustic characteristics of ultrasonic coded transmitters for fishery applications: Could marine mammals hear them? Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

Hervas, S., K. Lorenzen, M.A. Shane, and M.A. Drawbridge. 2010. Quantitative assessment of a white seabass (Atractoscion nobilis) stock enhancement program in California: post-release dispersal, growth and survival. Fisheries Research doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2010.06.001.

Allen, L.G., D.J. Pondella II, and M.A. Shane. 2007. Fisheries independent assessment of a returning fishery: Abundance of juvenile white seabass (Atractoscion nobilis) in the shallow nearshore waters of Southern California Bight, 1995-2005. Fisheries Research 88:24-32.

Shane, M.A. 2001. First records of Mexican barracuda (Sphyraena ensis) and additional records of scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) in southern California.  Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Science 100:160-166.

Shane, Michael A., W. Watson, and H. G. Moser. Polyprionidae: Giant seabasses and wreckfishes. In: H. G. Moser (ed.), The early stages of fishes in the California current region, p. 873-875. California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations Atlas No. 33. 1996 Pp. 873-875

Drawbridge, M.A., D.B. Kent, M.A. Shane, and R.F. Ford (1995) The assessment of marine stock enhancement in southern California:  a case study involving the white seabass.  American Fisheries Society Symposium 15:568-569.



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