Today we discuss transitions to save our seas and making the right choices to change the way that we treat our environment.


Our guest, Don Kent, shares practical solutions to the most critical conservation challenges facing the marine ecosystem and species.


We Discuss:

  • What’s happening in our oceans and how we can help
  • Finding a balance between human and environmental needs
  • About Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and what they do
  • Research used to eliminate competition between humans and animals for food
  • Why we should care what goes on in the ocean and how it impacts us
  • The powerful interconnection of all living things
  • Why the Vaquita dolphin is on the edge of extinction
  • The devastating impact that fishing operations have on marine animals each year
  • Applying more sustainable harvesting methods
  • What to know about farm-raised versus wild-caught fish
  • How we can increase awareness and get involved in making big changes
  • Regulating healthy, sustainable food from our oceans
  • The need for both economic viability and environmental preservation


“We can’t lock out the entire ocean but we can try to understand enough about these animals to make sure that we take those parts of the oceans that are important for them and set them aside so that we don’t have an adverse impact on them.”  –  Don Kent


About Don:

Don Kent has served as President and CEO of Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute since 1998. He came to the Institute in 1977 as a SDSU graduate student working on the growth characteristics of striped bass.

Don has participated in numerous Institute programs studying gray whales, assessing noise effects on animals, minimizing killer whale impacts on fishing operations, and, closest to his interests, the development of marine finfish aquaculture.

Don was instrumental in initiating the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP), a highly successful partnership of the recreational fishing community, the California Department of Fish and Game and the California Legislature created to investigate ways to counteract the depletion of California’s coastal marine fisheries through stock enhancement.

He is also responsible for the planning and construction of the Leon Raymond Hubbard, Jr. Marine Fish Hatchery in Carlsbad, where the Institute has reared, raised, and released more than 2.3 million white seabass since 1983. Don is a native San Diegan and lives in Olivenhain, California with his family.


“I think it’s hard for a lot of us to relate to what our evolutionary role in the world is. We all hop in a car every day, we flip on a light switch, and we go to the market and there’s our food. We don’t really think about where that food comes from and have an appreciation for it until we have a better understanding that there are strings interconnecting all of us with the environment. If we yank too hard on this one over here, we might have an adverse impact on the whole structure.”    Don Kent


Resources Mentioned:

Stay tuned for the release of Ken’s new book, The Courage to Change Everything: Strategies and Wisdom to Transform Your Life One Day at a Time

Cheri Blair’s upcoming special event:  “Women, Money, and Beauty” – Creating an income that will last, discovering current gaps in your retirement plan, and empowerment strategies for finances –  Date and Location:  March 24, 2018, at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Learn More About Hosts Paula Shaw and Ken D Foster


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