After decades of
groundbreaking research, the Oceanic Institute (OI) is now
working with the private sector to apply this research and
is helping to make Hawai‘i a world leader in offshore
aquaculture and sustainable shrimp framing. OI researchers
are working with two offshore fish farms in Hawai‘i to
refine and commercialize fish rearing technologies and in providing
fingerlings and eggs.
Two HPU graduates, Paul Ahina and Dustin Moss, now work as researchers
at OI and are helping to advance shrimp aquaculture throughout
the world. They are among the best in their field and are highly
sought by industry for their expertise in culturing shrimp. Over
the past year, OI shrimp researchers have been traveling extensively
to advance shrimp aquaculture by incorporating OI’s breeding
and production technology in commercial shrimp farms in Indonesia,
Southeast Asia, and China.
Incidentally, several OI employees working in fish aquaculture
are also graduates of HPU. One is currently a graduate student
in HPU’s new Master of Science in Marine Science Degree
Program. They are working on how to improve the production of
live food for fish when they hatch, a major challenge in raising
most marine fish. All are contributing to advancements and growth
in this rapidly expanding field of study.
OI scientists and HPU students are involved with many other exciting
programs and projects. For example, OI scientists are working
with various research partners to find ways to use local agricultural
products as feeds for shrimp and fish. One of the most promising
new areas of research is the use of co-products of the biofuels
production as feed ingredients. For instance, oil can be extracted
from algae and the remaining biomass made into a high quality
feed. This will help to add value to the process making it more
affordable and the industry more sustainable. In addition, OI
scientists and HPU students will be evaluating the impacts of
a recent ban on lay gill nets, fish stock enhancement, and other
marine management measures in Hawai‘i.
HPU Career Opportunities
The opportunities for careers in aquaculture and the marine sciences
are practically limitless. So much is at stake in the race to
understand how to better manage and preserve the world’s
ocean resources. As we grapple with the challenges of a growing
population struggling to live on a planet with limited resources,
knowledge of the marine sciences will become even more critical.
HPU students and graduates have an exceptional opportunity to
be part of the solution.
Only a few of the top schools in the nation offer a high quality
marine science education program and most of them cannot match
the array of facilities, research capabilities, and hands-on
learning opportunities at Oceanic Institute. The programs being
offered via this new affiliation between Oceanic Institute and
Hawai‘i Pacific University is truly unique. Interested
students should contact their academic counselors or HPU’s
College of Natural Sciences.
Future issues of Kalamalama will share more about the exciting
opportunities at Oceanic Institute. To learn more now, visit
www.hpu.edu or oceanicinstitute.org or e-mail Gary Karr, director
of Communications and Education at OI at firstname.lastname@example.org.