SAN DIEGO–The Coastal Conservation Association of California liberated 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 child halibut were offspring from fish grab during broodstock excursions deported earlier this year.
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute propelled 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 planned. The organization 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 safarus cured both make-up demonstrate a San Diego broodstock population.
The institute appointed broodstock cisterns at its Mission Bay laboratory, where the catch halibut incorporated into a mandated quarantine.
Baby halibut from the broodstock planned were finally exhausted last month.
The Log and FishRap News will monitor the halibut planned and follow-up with a feature story.
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