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by Gary E. Karr, director, Communications and Education, Oceanic Institute

 

HPU Student Opportunities at OI

As always, internships at OI are available through various practicum classes at HPU with consent of the instructor. Students successful in the practicum course may be eligible for a more intense summer internship at Oceanic Institute. In addition, the Career Services Center can assist with placement at OI as work-study participants.

While internships do not always lead to job opportunities, it is possible. This past summer HPU student Krisann DeCramer volunteered in the Marine Shrimp Research Department at OI. Following her graduation in August, she was hired as a research technician in the shrimp department’s growout section raising Pacific White Shrimp.

Is aquaculture or marine science research a career for you? Well, think about this: In Hawai‘i, aquaculture is the fastest growing segment of diversified agriculture with an average growth rate of almost 10 percent annually over the past 10 years with a current commercial value of about $28 million per year.

Seafood from wild fisheries are at maximum sustainable yield or are nearly depleted and unable to keep up with increasing demand because of population growth and perceived health benefits (and good taste). So if we can’t get more fish and shrimp from the oceans where do we get it? Aquaculture can play a role in supplying these products. In fact, more than half of the shrimp consumed are from farms.

Strong research is the cornerstone for a healthy aquaculture sector. We expect the demand for knowledgeable researchers to grow right along with it.

In future Kalamalama issues we will continue to share more about the exciting new affiliation between Oceanic Institute and Hawaii Pacific University and discuss some of the ongoing research being conducted at OI, often with HPU students’ help. To learn more, visit www.hpu.edu, or www.oceanicinstitute.org or e-mail gkarr@oceanicinstitute.org.

 

 

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