Don Kent has been President/CEO of Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute since 1998. Don came to the Institute in 1977 as a SDSU graduate student working on the growth characteristics of striped bass. He has participated on numerous Institute programs studying gray whales, assessing noise effects on animals, minimizing killer whale impacts on fishing operations and, closest to his interest, the development of marine finfish aquaculture.
Don was instrumental in initiating the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP), a highly successful partnership with the recreational fishing community created to investigate ways to counteract the depletion of California’s coastal marine fisheries. He was responsible for the planning and construction of the Leon Raymond Hubbard, Jr. Marine Fish Hatchery. In 2007, Don received the Stewardship and Sustainability Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for his pioneering research on marine finfish aquaculture and stock replenishment.