Conservation group, Hubbs-SeaWorld releases baby halibut into Mission Bay

The experimental program is part of a fisheries replenishment project, aiming to establish a broodstock population.

SAN DIEGO—The Coastal Conservation Association of California released 2,300 baby halibut into San Diego’s Mission Bay in late October, as part of an experimental program with Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. The baby halibut were offspring from fish caught during broodstock expeditions conducted earlier this year.

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute launched its Dick Laub Fisheries Replenishment Program several years ago. Scientists and researchers at the institute began exploring what other fish species could benefit from a replenishment program. The institute already has a replenishment program in place for white sea bass and hoped it could be replicated for other species.

Halibut was eventually selected as the next species to focus on, and members of the institute teamed up with the Coastal Conservation Association of California to catch 11 flatfish. The expedition helped both organization establish a San Diego broodstock population.

The institute created broodstock tanks at its Mission Bay laboratory, where the caught halibut entered into a mandated quarantine.

Baby halibut from the broodstock program were finally released last month.

The Log and FishRap News will monitor the halibut program and follow-up with a feature story.

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