Endangered White Abalone Program Yields Biggest Spawning Success Yet

Millions of Eggs Bring Program 1 Step Closer to Saving Species

he 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.

“It’s amazing to have this much more genetic material added to our captive population,” said program director Kristin Aquilino, an assistant project scientist with the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. “To have one female wild white abalone spawn over 20 million eggs is just incredible.”

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