White Abalone

Discovering Curiosity: Saving the White Abalone with Kristin Aquilino

November 07, 2018

For the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences: A UC Davis alumna, Kristin Aquilino directs the Bodega Marine Laboratory's white abalone captive breeding program. In 2001, the marine snail was officially listed as endangered. Using captive breeding, Aquilino and colleagues hope to bring the species back from the brink of extinction.

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Overview: White Abalone Recovery Program

Background White abalone are on the brink of extinction. These animals, once prized for their delicate meat and beautiful shells, now exist at 1% of their historical estimated populations in the United States. 1. Population decline due to overfishing

After abalone fishing became popular in the mid 1900s, fishers discovered white abalone (Haliotis sorenseni) had the most tender meat. A sudden influx of white abalone fishing in the 1970s decimated the white abalone and isolated populations have since been dying out.

The Extraordinary Effort to Save the White Abalone

March 16, 2017

Bodega Marine Laboratory team member Kristin Aquilino has been featured on KQED Science regarding her efforts to study and protect white abalone. Aquilino reflects on her time at BML researching abalone and the path to species revival.

Read the KQED Science article here