Researchers at the Oceanic Institute, an HPU
affiliate, recently broke records for shrimp production in
a project funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce..
The Oceanic Institute’s 18-week research trial yielded
6.8 kilograms of market-size Pacific white shrimp per square
meter of surface area.
“We are pushing the envelope of shrimp production as
we progress in uncharted waters,” said Shaun Moss, Ph.D.,
HPU associate professor of biology and Oceanic Institute director
of Shrimp Technology. “Our goal with our research partners
is to refine the production technology to reliably produce
10 kilograms of shrimp per square meter of culture raceway,
in a system that allows for the production of three crops per
The five-year, $16.6 million research project, funded by grants
from USDC’s National Institute of Standards and Technology,
Advanced Technology Program (ATP), aims to develop an economically
viable, environmentally responsible and sustainable system for
the production of disease-free shrimp in the United States. The
research is carried out by a joint-venture team comprised of
the Oceanic Institute, SyAqua, Inc., Zeigler Bros., Inc., and
the Kahuku Shrimp Company.
The Oceanic Institute is a not-for-profit applied research organization
located in Waimanalo. For more information on the research project,