Abalone aquaculture education pilot project

2021 eeBLUE mini-grant awardee - Goleta, California

In a local partnership between the Cultured Abalone Farm offsite linkNOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center offsite link, this project is providing high school students, informal educators, and the general public with the knowledge and experiences necessary to understand sustainable aquaculture and the important role it plays in white abalone restoration. Through farm tours, informal learning experiences with Sea Center staff and volunteers, and collaboration with exhibit designers, partners are upgrading aquaculture exhibits and co-developing a high school-level unit of instruction focused on abalone aquaculture. To hear more from the partners themselves, visit their February 2022 Harvest stories post: Bringing aquaculture mainstream offsite link.

By visiting The Cultured Abalone Farm, Santa Barbara Sea Center staff were able to learn in the same way that they help students and the general public learn every day.

Devin Spencer, Hatchery Director, The Cultured Abalone Farm
A group of people stand in front of a painted shipping crate. The crate says "The Cultured Abalone Farm."
Santa Barbara Sea Center staff toured the Cultured Abalone Farm in September 2021 to expand their knowledge of abalone aquaculture. Their goal was to learn how they can better teach aquarium visitors about large-scale aquaculture and how it is helping save the endangered white abalone. (Owen Duncan, Santa Barbara Sea Center)