Aquaculture and Livestock Support Services Branch

Hawaii is an ideal location for aquaculture, the farming of plants and animals in water. From lush green mountains to sandy shores along the ocean, water abounds throughout Hawaii, providing a myriad of environments for raising seafood. Shrimp, abalone, seaweed, microalgae, tilapia, and various organisms for the aquarium trade are raised here.

The Aquaculture and Livestock Support Services (ALSS), a branch of the Animal Industry Division, generates diversified agriculture solutions for moving Hawaii towards greater food self-sufficiency, and fosters viable export industries.

ALSS provides a broad range of support to new and existing aquaculture and livestock businesses through planning and coordination, business counseling, and information dissemination efforts. ALSS offers assistance 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 to secure resources such as 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 are emerging. In the following pages, you will learn more about our industries and how you can take advantage of these opportunities.

The following are common areas of interest:


Todd Low
Manager, Aquaculture & Livestock Support Services
Animal Industry Division
Department of Agriculture, State of Hawaii
Phone: 808.483.7130
Fax: 808.483.7110

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