For 20 years, Hubbs-SeaWorld has been running an experimental program meant to replenish a wild white seabass population decimated by pollution, overfishing and habitat destruction. The state’s Fish and Wildlife Department’s invested $28 million in the effort.
The experimental program is raising deformed fish.
They have horns, bleeding hearts and are blind. It routinely needs to euthanize fish en masse. Over 100,000 have been destroyed due to herpes outbreaks, for instance.
And a scant few – just 2,000 total – of the Hubbs-raised fish have been found in the wild.