Who We Are

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) is a non-profit scientific research organization committed to conserving and renewing marine life to ensure a healthier planet. Our team of experts provide innovative and objective scientific solutions to challenges threatening ocean health and marine life in our rapidly changing world.

Help us #SeaChange now to ensure a healthier planet where humans and marine life thrive together.


Our approach

The dedicated scientists of HSWRI seek creative solutions to ensure healthy oceans through multiple areas of study.

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A foraging whale shark.

Wildlife Populations | ecology

What we do

We focus on understanding the relationships between marine animals and their environment in order to address threats to ecosystem health.

Why it matters

Our research focuses on predicting and preventing impacts from:

  • Human disturbance
  • Habitat loss and pollution
  • Climate change

How you can help #SeaChange now:

Your donations help us examine the interconnectedness of marine life and habitats by funding projects like:

  • Whale shark expeditions to study migrations and diving behavior
  • Boat surveys to monitor dolphin abundance and movement patterns
  • New techniques for evaluating penguin habitat use

Current Progress

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Two current studies researching
marine mammal habitat loss

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100 whale sharks
tagged for study

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Four Antarctic
penguin expeditions

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Dolphin swimming through a school of mackerel.

Animal Behavior | bioacoustics

What we do

Our bioacoustics program studies how marine animals produce and are affected by natural and human-made sound.

Why it matters

By understanding how marine life uses sound for communication and survival, we can:

  • Minimize entanglements, injuries and mortality to dolphins, killer whales, polar bears and other species
  • Reduce the impacts of human-produced noise
  • Use sound to warn marine life of hazardous situations

How you can help #SeaChange now:

Donate and help us to harmonize human-animal interactions. Fund projects like:

  • Research expeditions to understand the effects of coastal development on vulnerable marine life
  • New approaches studying dolphin and whale communication
  • Research to understand the role of vocal communication in whales and dolphins socialization

Current Progress

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1,900 audio recordings of marine
life collected worldwide

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4 Hearing ranges of marine
mammal species documented

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Entanglement prevention for 7
marine mammal species discovered

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Sea lion searching for food.

Ocean Health | physiology

What we do

This program studies how marine life and the ocean are affected by natural and human-induced change.

Why it matters

To promote ocean health, we are:

  • Studying ways to prevent disease transmission
  • Promoting ecosystem health and resilience
  • Providing rapid first response to dolphin, whale and other marine life strandings

How you can help #SeaChange now:

Donate and our scientists will be able to promote a healthier planet where humans and marine life thrive together. Your gift will help:

  • Gauge risks of disease transmission between humans and marine life
  • Provide biomedical sampling kits to evaluate marine animal health
  • Underwrite Channel Islands expeditions to study the influences of climate change on ocean health

Current Progress

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Stranding response to nearly
1,100 marine mammals

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38 years of disease surveillance
in marine mammals

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Years of biomedical data from
whale and dolphin samples

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White seabass being added to net pen.

Sustainable Seafood | aquaculture

What we do

Our sustainable seafood program is currently working to replenish wild stocks of depleted species, like white seabass, and demonstrating sustainable aquatic farming as a means to provide supplemental sources of fish.

Why it matters

Aquaculture is the practical solution to:

  • Renewing regional fish stocks
  • Producing a domestic supply of sustainable seafood
  • Reducing need for fresh water to produce animal protein

How you can help #SeaChange now:

Help our leading-edge researchers feed the world, replenish fish populations and provide economic value to American coastal communities.

  • Sustainable fish feed research
  • Infrastructure improvements for a more efficient fish farm 
  • The release of millions of juvenile white seabass

Current Progress

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More than 2.4 million
white seabass released

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Dozens of studies to provide
sustainable diets for farmed fish

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New species under consideration for
renewal: yellowtail and halibut

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Florida Stranding Program Outreach.

Education & Outreach

What we do

We are committed to inspiring the next generation of ocean scientists by advancing public appreciation for scientific discovery.

Why it matters

Our scientists encourage life-long learning by:

  • Inspiring future generations of scientists and resource managers
  • Providing hands-on learning opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Promoting careers in science through student internships

How you can help #SeaChange now:

With your help, we can inspire a love for science, reach more students and encourage ocean stewardship for a healthier world. Donations will:

  • Sponsor programs such as Seabass in the Classroom that inspire high schoolers while also replenishing local fish populations
  • Support a STEM educator and curriculum development
  • Provide undergraduate and graduate internships

Current Progress

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Students reached each year
through Seabass in the Classroom

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Dozens of interns and
hundreds of volunteers trained

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Community members educated
annually through outreach events


Donate now and be a part of a #SeaChange

In our rapidly changing world, our research is never complete. Whether it is deploying rescue teams, replenishing depleted fish populations, protecting habitats or simply better understanding life in our oceans, we want to create a planet where humans and marine life thrive together. Every bit counts and you can make a difference.

Donate Now
Join us and share #seachange

  

HSWRI in action with aquaculture, community outreach and whale shark research

Our Partners

As a non-profit, we at HSWRI appreciate the valued partners we work with, including: