Each spring we receive between 5,000 and 10,000 juvenile White Seabass from Hubbs Sea World Research Institute. We receive the fish as fingerlings, usually between three and four inches long. They are placed in our floating pen located off the left side of Stearns Wharf. The fingerlings are fed and monitored twice daily by our volunteers. They are kept in the pen until around mid September when they have almost doubled in size and can fend for themselves in the wild.
Each fish is tagged internally with a small, stainless steel coded wire tag. The tag is used to identify the hatchery-reared fish. The tag is not visible and needs to be read by a special device. The tag contains the year the fish was hatched, the out grow facility it was delived to along with other useful information necessary for the success of the program.