Project Principals

Donald B. Kent


Don Kent has led Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute as president since 1998. Don came to the Institute in 1977 as a SDSU graduate student working on the growth characteristics of striped bass. He has participated on numerous Institute programs studying gray whales, assessing noise effects on animals, minimizing killer whale impacts on fishing operations and, closest to his interest, the development of marine finfish aquaculture. In 1983 Don worked with the recreational fishing community, the California Department of Fish and Game and the California Legislature to initiate the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP). As principal investigator, he was responsible for the planning and construction of the Leon Raymond Hubbard, Jr. Marine Fish Hatchery in Carlsbad, California, which was dedicated in 1995. In addition to his role as president, Don is the principal investigator on the Institute’s Offshore Aquaculture Program and co-principal investigator on the Rockfish Mariculture Program and the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program. He is also leading development for the Institute Florida Marine Fisheries Replenishment Program.

Don is active on numerous civic and community organizations including, Chair, California Artificial Reef Enhancement (CARE) Program; Member, San Diego Downtown Rotary Club; Member, Military Industrial Legal Media Education Complex (MILMEC); Member, NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). He is an Adjunct Professor at San Diego State University and a Research Associate at University of San Diego. In June 2007, Don received the Stewardship and Sustainability Award from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for his pioneering research on marine finfish aquaculture and stock replenishment.

Don is a native San Diegan. He lives in Olivenhain with his family.

Mr. Kent is serving as pro tem CEO of Rose Canyon Fisheries during the permitting process. He is not an employee of Rose Canyon Fisheries and not being paid directly for his services.


Robert Orr


Robert Orr currently serves as the managing partner of Cuna del Mar LP.  His management career spans more than 30 years at the senior management level in the private equity, nutritional ingredient, marine biotech, food retailing, food wholesaling, and retail advertising industries. His breadth of experience ranges from creation and successful management of several start-up companies, to responsibility for large multi-national corporate division operations with annual revenues in excess of $1 billion. 

From 1997 to 2012 he was President, Chief Executive Officer and eventually Chairman of Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited. Robert also serves; as the Chair of the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia; as a Director of Genome Canada; Director of the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust; on the Advisory Board to the Cape Breton University, Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment; on the Advisory Board of Dalhousie University School of Business; and as a member of the board of directors for several early stage companies. 


Glenn Flanders

Director & Chief Financial Officer, Rose Canyon Fisheries

Glenn is a Co-Managing Partner of Cuna del Mar LP.  Mr. Flanders is a finance professional with 20 years of experience primarily in aquaculture, private equity and early stage companies. He has worked in senior financial management positions for aquaculture and seafood companies, including Fjord Seafood USA, with seven integrated companies across the value chain for Atlantic Salmon. His more recent experience, includes Chief Financial Officer positions in startup and early stage companies in the aquaculture equipment and value-added food products industries. Glenn is a Director on the boards of all Cuna del Mar portfolio companies, Ocean Stewards Institute, and participates on the Steering Committee for the development of Cobia and Seriola standards for Aquaculture Stewardship Council .