The Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture
(CTSA) and the Aquaculture Interchange Program (AIP) at OI
continue to support aquaculture development in a region extending
from Hawaii to American Samoa, the Marshall Islands, the Federated
States of Micronesia, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Palau
(CTSA), and the United States (AIP).
Currently, CTSA provides funding to support research addressing
issues ranging from the culture of edible species, such as kahala,
tilapia, and moi, to ornamental fish, biosecurity, and a national
conference on aquaculture extension.
The CTSA quarterly newsletter, Regional Notes, is a great way
to keep informed about aquaculture in the region. Regular features
of Regional Notes include announcements of upcoming aquaculture
conferences, “Aqua Clips” from a variety of news
sources in Hawai‘i, and updates on aquaculture, “Around
the Pacific.” Recent issues report on production of pearls
in Pohnpei, recent advances in aquaculture in American Samoa,
and CTSA-funded projects in Hawai‘i on intensive microalgae
production, and ways to generate income from waste materials
such as shrimp heads. Be sure to also check out other CTSA publications
at www.ctsa.org and http://library.kcc.hawaii.edu/praise/index.html
for more information about regional aquaculture.
Through information exchange at international workshops and publication
of the workshop proceedings, AIP, funded by the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), promotes the development
of the U.S. aquaculture industry.
Hawai‘i claimed the spotlight at the most recent AIP workshop, “Open
Ocean Aquaculture—Moving Forward,” because of its
status as the first state with commercial-scale offshore aquaculture
(for kahala and moi). With wild stocks declining and suitable
sites for aquaculture in coastal areas becoming increasingly
scarce, the open ocean holds great potential for meeting future
demands for these local favorites and other finfish species.
Experts from Asia, Australia, Europe, and the U.S. mainland also
shared their experiences with offshore aquaculture and discussed
the challenges to its further development.
The next workshop, “Improving Seafood Quality through Aquaculture,” will
be held Oct. 22-24, at the East-West Center in Honolulu. Proceedings
of the AIP workshops continue to be a source of valuable information
to the aquaculture community. Fourteen of the 25 most downloaded
articles of the journal Aquacultural Engineering were papers
presented at AIP’s workshop on biological filters. Forthcoming
this year are proceedings of the 2005 AIP workshops on Aquaculture
and Ecosystems and the Socioeconomic Aspects of Species and System
Selection for Sustainable Aquaculture.
For more information about AIP, visit our Web site at http://oceanicinstitute.org/research/aipprogram.html.
For information about volunteer and internship opportunities
at Oceanic Institute, contact Gary Karr, director of education,
at 259-3146 or via e-mail at email@example.com.