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
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.