HPU has always had an excellent marine science research
program. Several years ago President Chatt G. Wright had a
how HPU’s program could be made even better. When he approached
Oceanic Institute about how our two organizations could work
together to create a world-class marine science program for HPU
students, we jumped at the opportunity and we haven’t
A career in the marine sciences is one of the most personally
rewarding and important fields of study today. That’s because
so much is at stake in the race to understand how to protect
and preserve the world’s oceans. As we grapple with the
challenges of a growing population struggling to live on a planet
with limited resources, the marine science industry will become
even more critical, both for Hawai‘i and for the world.
Oceanic Institute – Learning from the Sea
Oceanic Institute is one of the largest applied research and
development organizations dedicated to marine aquaculture and
coastal resource management in the world today. After more
than 40 years, our researchers, collectively, probably know
growing shrimp and fish – two important aquaculture products – than
just about anyone.
In fact, improved breeds of shrimp developed at Oceanic Institute
dominate the world’s shrimp export business today. In addition,
Oceanic Institute’s pioneering work to develop offshore
aquaculture in a sustainable manner is a model for others to
follow. Today, virtually all of the Pacific Threadfin, commonly
known as moi in Hawai‘i, come from fingerlings raised in
our tanks. This fish, once considered so rare and delicious that
it was reserved only for Hawaiian royalty, is now a favorite
menu item at many fine restaurants in Hawai‘i.
The marine research taking place at Oceanic Institute is well
known among marine scientists, aquaculture farmers, and marine
environmentalists around the world. Our work is truly setting
the standard for sustainable aquaculture internationally.
In future issues, I will explore these topics with you in more
detail. For now, Aloha from the Oceanic Institute.