Aquaculture and Livestock Support Services Branch

Hawaii is an ideal location for aquaculture, the farming of plants and animals in water. From the lush green mountains, to the sandy shores of the broad blue ocean, water abounds, providing a myriad of environments to raise a wide variety of seafood. Shrimp, abalone, seaweed, microalgae, tilapia and various organisms for the aquarium trade are among the many investment opportunities on all the tropical islands of the State.

The Aquaculture and Livestock Support Services (ALSS) is a branch of the Animal Industry Division and diversified agriculture’s solution for moving Hawaii towards greater food self sufficiency, as well as creating viable export industries.

ALSS provides a wide range of support for new and existing aquaculture and livestock businesses through planning and coordination, business counseling, information dissemination efforts. ALSS supports profitable and sustainable industry growth by encouraging a diversity of products, and offers assistances in:

  • Starting a new business in Hawaii; 
  • Introducing best management practices and new technologies;
  • Providing direct assistance with regulations and disease prevention;
  • Assisting market development at home and abroad;
  • Facilitating expansion of offshore aquaculture development on species, systems and potential leases;
  • Helping securing resources including leaseholds, water and processing facilities required to maintain and promote the local production of aquaculture and livestock.

Hawaii is moving towards greater food self-sufficiency. Many new and exciting opportunities arise during this course. In the following pages, you will learn more about our industries and how you can take advantage of these opportunities to be successful in an exciting global growth business.  

The following are common topics of interest:

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October 30, 2013

Applications are now being taken for the Livestock Feed Reimbursement Program(LFRP) for 2012, in which livestock operators may apply for partial reimbursement for feed costs during the fiscal year 2012 (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012).  To view the LFRP program info, click here.

The following are deadlines for submission of information:

Form A is due on December 1, 2013. Please complete this form as soon as possible as it will help establish you as a vendor with the State. Some of you may have accounts in the system from the 2007 feed reimbursement program or other interactions with the State – we will verify. You may scan and email, fax or mail the form to HDOA.

Form B will be due on December 31, 2013. Please have this form signed by your Certified Public Accountant or Public Accountant.

Form C (there are two worksheets) will be due on December 31, 2013. This will allow you 2 months to gather your information. I’ve spoken to Jeff Peterson at Land O Lakes and he will assist those who have accounts with him by printing out an purchasing schedule. HDOA will accept a report generated and authorized by Mr. Peterson. Please contact him if you have questions – 808.682.2022 or For those who do not work with Land O Lakes, you will need to provide invoices or receipts of purchase.

For more information regarding this program, contact:

Todd Low
Dept of Agriculture, Aquaculture & Livestock Support Services
Ph: 808.483.7130
Fax: 808.483.7110

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Liz Xu
Economic Development Specialist
Aquaculture and Livestock Support Services
Animal Industry Division
Hawaii Department of Agriculture
99-941 Halawa Valley Street 
Aiea, Hawaii 96701-5602

Phone: (808) 483-7104
Fax: (808)483-7110