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Mission and ValuesEdit

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute is a public, non-profit charity dedicated to providing effective solutions to conflicts that arise between human activity and the natural world. Hubbs-SeaWorld scientists apply sophisticated technologies to seek the solutions that protect and conserve marine animals while benefiting humans and their reliance on marine resources.

The Institute also recognizes the critical importance of scientific literacy as a foundation for competing in the highly technical and competitive global economy and strives to provide innovative education programs to promote scientific literacy among our children and young scientists.

Mission StatementEdit

The Institute was founded in 1963 to conduct research in the tradition of world-renowned scientists, Dr. Carl L. and Laura C. Hubbs. Since 1963 our charter has been:

"To return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it."


Advance our legacy of scientific discovery to conserve the world's rich biological diversity and ensure lasting prosperity for future generations. We seek to achieve our mission through cutting-edge scientific discoveries, effective conservation, and innovative education programs that benefit the ecological, economic, social and aesthetic values of coastal and ocean resources.

Core ValuesEdit

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) scientists, staff, and trustees are dedicated to the following core values to guide scientific research, seek common sense solutions to complex environmental problems, nurture Institute growth, communicate with scientific peers and the public, and advance scientific literacy.

  • Excellence in Original and Independent Scientific Research
  • Public Service
  • Scientific Honesty and Integrity.
  • Safety and Efficiency
  • Highest Standards for Animal Care and Welfare
  • Creative and Productive Workplace
  • Common Sense

The Critical DifferenceEdit

HSWRI responds effectively and efficiently to opportunities and needs because we function as an independent research institute with an exceptionally talented and dedicated scientific staff.

HSWRI believes that independent scientific research is essential to protect and restore coastal and marine environments for future generations. To be effective, independent scientific research must be coupled with innovative new technologies, exceptional education, and the experienced-based training of young scientists.

HSWRI research focuses on gaining scientific knowledge and finding practical solutions to the most critical conservation challenges facing marine ecosystems and species.

HSWRI takes a global approach to independent scientific research and conservation, while working at local levels to resolve problems that span local, regional, national and global scales.

As a non-profit organization, HSWRI draws from a wide range of resources to respond to ecological and conservation problems in a timely and productive manner.

HSWRI strives to ensure that future generations experience the fullest benefits of a healthy environment by protecting the ecological integrity of our oceans and estuaries; marine-based economies and sustainable public recreation.


Institute Headquarters - San Diego, CAEdit

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 CAEdit

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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Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute at Melbourne BeachEdit

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.


Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute has a history of nurturing young people in their quest to become scientists. Many undergraduate and graduate students have served in various volunteer and part-time rolls assisting our scientists with critical experiments and basic operations of research.

The Institute uses volunteers throughout the year to help with a variety of projects. Because of insurance regulations, we cannot accommodate the wishes of people under 18 years of age. Please note that all volunteer and internship positions at the Institute are unpaid.

Research VolunteersEdit

Scientists at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute may need volunteers to assist with their research projects on an intermediate or ongoing basis.

Currently, there are no volunteer opportunities available at our Mission Bay location. If you are interested in volunteering at our hatchery located in Carlsbad, CA, please complete our online application and e-mail to .

Volunteers are needed regularly in Florida to help with marine mammal strandings along the East Coast. All research volunteers are required to complete an official HSWRI sponsored training course and agree to applicable background checks. Please email to request an application.

Development VolunteersEdit

The Development Departments in Florida and California need help with mass mailings, special events and other public relations functions hosted by the Institute. This important volunteer function illustrates to the community the depth of support and ensures every possible dollar raised goes toward our research and mission

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