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Aloha from the Oceanic Institute:

Aquaculture Program

by Cheng-Sheng Lee, Ph. D.

 

The Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture (CTSA) and the Aquaculture Interchange Program (AIP) at Oceanic Institute support aquaculture development.

The CTSA is one of the five regional aquaculture centers established by the U.S. Congress in 1986. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and co-administered by the University of Hawai‘i and OI, with offices at both campuses. CTSA assists aquaculture development in a region extending from Hawai‘i to American Samoa, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and Palau. CTSA provides funding to support research that addresses issues faced by the aquaculture industry in this region. To date, CTSA funded 177 projects, ranging from the culture of edible species—such as limu, tilapia, and moi—to ornamental fish and black pearls.

Another important function of CTSA is information dissemination through its publications. More than 50 manuals, fact sheets, and other publications can be viewed on the CTSA Web site at www.ctsa.org. CTSA also publishes a quarterly newsletter, Regional Notes, which reports primarily on CTSA project results and other aquaculture-related regional news. And CTSA funds the Pacific Regional Aquaculture Information Service for Education (PRAISE) Web site at library.kcc.hawaii.edu/praise.

Aquaculture in the United States is a relatively new industry, especially when compared to the fully developed aquaculture industries in other countries. The goal of AIP is to accelerate the growth of U.S. commercial aquaculture through information exchange. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), AIP brings together U.S. and international aquaculture experts from Asia, Australia, and Europe to exchange information on selected topics at three-day AIP workshops in Honolulu where participants present research results and discuss issues that affect the advancement of aquaculture. Topics at the 11 workshops held since 1999 have ranged from reproduction to biofilter systems for recirculating aquaculture systems.

AIP publishes the peer-reviewed proceedings of the workshops as special issues of journals such as Aquaculture and as books. Copies are available at HPU’s Atherton Library on the windward Hawai‘i Loa campus.

Watch for announcements of upcoming AIP workshops that may interest you. For more information about AIP, visit our Web site at oceanicinstitute.org/research/aipprogram.

 

 

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