Captive-breeding White Abalone

White Abalone once numbered in the millions off the California coast, but on  May 29, 2001, they became the first marine invertebrate listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  We talk with Dr. Kristin Aquilino of UC Davis and Dr. Melissa Neuman of NOAA, who run a captive breeding program using Aquaculture techniques at the University of California- Davis Bodega Marine Lab.  Their goal is to produce captive-bred animals that will be used to establish a self-sustaining white abalone population in the wild.  Turns out, it’s not that easy!

Video about White Abalone: Delicacy of the Deep

Video overview of the Captive Breeding Program  (more sciencey)

(This interview was recorded on August 22 and broadcast on Tuesday September 13, 2016.)


About Tim

Host for Oak and Thorn on the first and third Sundays of every month, and The Ecology Hour on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Oak & Thorn aims to present the widest possible spectrum of Celtic music, from traditional to contemporary styles, along with information about history and culture. The Ecology Hour- Science Edition (co-hosted with Bob Spies) presents recent scientific findings about the natural world and our place in it. My other interests include brewing, gardening, birding, cooking, woodworking, and history. I live on Middle Ridge in Albion, California, among wonderful neighbors.
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