White Abalone

Saving White Abalone with UC Davis Project Scientist Kristin Aquilino

November 18, 2019

UC Davis project scientist Kristin Aquilino directs the Bodega Marine Laboratory's white abalone captive breeding program. In this video, she discusses the work she and her colleagues are doing to bring the endangered species back from the brink of extinction. This week marks the first time captive bred white abalone will be released to the ocean in hopes of saving the species.

Endangered White Abalone Program Yields Biggest Spawning Success Yet

April 25, 2019

Millions of Eggs Bring Program 1 Step Closer to Saving Species

The Bodega Marine Laboratory’s white abalone program has millions of new additions following its most successful spawning ever at the University of California, Davis, facility. Three out of nine recently collected wild white abalone spawned last week, as did seven of 12 captive-bred white abalone. One wild female was particularly generous, producing 20.5 million eggs herself.

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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Will climate change ruin the white abalone's last chance at survival?

September 25, 2017

UC Davis' very own Kristin Aquilino, a project scientist at Bodega Marine Laboratory,  is in charge of the largest population of endangered white abalone that exists in the world. Her work focuses on a long-term goal is to build the population in captivity, then outplant them into the wild and hope to increase a stable population. However, is there even a chance for them to survive back in the wild with dramatic changes in ocean chemistry due to climate change? 

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.