Specialties: Aquaculture, Biotechnology, Endangered Salmon Recovery; Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply
Dr. Paul Olin works as an Aquaculture Specialist in the University of California Sea Grant Extension Program and is administratively based at UC San Diego/Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Olin lives and works in Santa Rosa where he conducts applied research and extension programs in aquaculture with activities related to aquaculture policy as well as the culture of shellfish and emerging opportunities for offshore culture of finfish. He coordinates a USDA funded research project to develop culture protocols for the purple-hinge rock scallop with the goal being to establish scallop farming as a part of the west coast shellfish industry.
In Northern California, Dr. Olin oversees an extensive monitoring effort to document the progress of a multi-agency partnership working on the recovery of endangered coho salmon in the Russian River.
The offshore waters of the southwest U.S. have extraordinary potential for development of a marine aquaculture industry that is economically and environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. Olin is the PI on a project involving educational outreach and environmental modelling of a proposed marine finfish net-pen farm off the coast of Southern California. The project involves workshops to support marine aquaculture planning in coastal communities, identify and address current or potential development conflicts, inform and support public outreach and education efforts, and increase awareness of the environmental, economic, and social benefits associated with marine aquaculture. Aquamodel, an environmental modelling system, is being used to better understand the environmental interactions of marine finfish cage culture in the Southern California Bight. Olin is also working with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to finalize California’s Programmatic Environmental Impact Report for Coastal and Marine Aquaculture.
Credentials & Experience
Prior to his work at the University of California, Dr. Olin coordinated an international training program in shrimp aquaculture and was the Aquaculture Specialist for the University of Hawaii Sea Grant Program. He earned a bachelor's in biology from the University of Miami, a master's in animal science at UC Davis, and a doctorate in zoology at the University of Hawaii.
Dr. Olin is Vice Chair of the U.S. – Japan Natural Resources Panel on Aquaculture, and a member of the NOAA-Korea Joint Coordination Panel for Aquaculture Cooperation, the California Aquaculture Development Committee, and was recently appointed a member of the Aquaculture Task Force to assist the Federal Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee of the Department of Commerce.
Stuart, K., M. Losordo, P. Olin, and M. Drawbridge. Effects of stocking density and water conditioners on yolk-sac larvae of two marine finfish during simulated air transport. Aquaculture Research, 2013, 1–9
Olin, P.G., and Tom, P.D. 2011. Genetically Modified Salmon – Fast Growing Fish Could Safely Deliver Healthy Seafood. Global Aquaculture Advocate, March/April 2011, p. 62-63.
Olin, Paul; Smith, James; Nabi, Rashed. 2011. Regional Review on Status and Trends in Aquaculture Development in North America: Canada and the United States of America — 2010, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Circular No. 1061/2 FIRA/C1061/2. pp. 99.
Tom, P.D. and Olin, P.G. 2010. Farmed or Wild? Both types of Salmon Taste Good and are Good for You. Global Aquaculture Advocate, May/June 2010, p. 58-60.
Olin, P. G. 2010. FAO National Aquaculture Sector Overview Interactive Map. 2010. FAO – United Nations,
Hossain, Mostafa A. R. M. Nahiduzzaman, M. Abu Sayeed, M. Ekram AzimM. Abdul Wahab and Paul G. Olin. 2009. The Chalan Beel in Bangladesh: Habitat and biodiversity degradation, and implications for future management. Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management 2009 14: 3–19.