WHO: Port of San Diego (Program sponsor) & HUBBS-SeaWorld Research Institute
WHAT: will be delivering 10,000 baby White Seabass to SDOF’s fish pens
WHEN: at 10:30AM on Friday, May 21st, 2010
WHERE: to SDOF’s fish pens in San Diego Harbor – Grape Street Pier
BACKGROUND. The San Diego Oceans Foundation (SDOF), a 26 year old nonprofit devoted to promoting ocean stewardship, will be receiving approximately 10,000 white seabass from Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and housing them in large fish pens, supported by the Port of San Diego.
The white seabass are hatchery-reared in an effort to restore the white seabass population. This particular fish is one of many species suffering off the coast of San Diego due to overfishing and habitat destruction.
Currently, SDOF raises and released between 40,000 to 60,000 fish every year, according to John Valencia, Executive Director for SDOF. “Our partnerships with Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and the Port of San Diego, has spanned nearly fourteen years, and has greatly contributed to the success of SDOF’s program,” said Valencia.
“Using Hubbs’ expertise and breeding capabilities, our volunteers have been able to participate in the program by feeding and maintaining the grow-out facility, giving the community hands-on involvement in this statewide effort to restore the white seabass population.”
See here for prior articles on the subject: http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/outdoors/20061114-9999-1m14bass.html
Interviews and photos: Photographers and reporters are welcomed to cover the event. Volunteers will be on site demonstrating some of the many ways San Diegans can get involved with this worthwhile charity.
About San Diego Oceans Foundation:
San Diego Oceans Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded in 1984 and has built a legacy of grassroots volunteer programs that increase the understanding of marine animals, protect ecosystems, and provide solutions to environmental challenges. Through their programs, they encourage community members of all ages and backgrounds to engage in meaningful, hands-on volunteer work and help spread their message of ocean stewardship. For more information on the San Diego Oceans Foundation, visit http://sdoceans.org.
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