Other Aquaculture Resource Agencies
University of Hawaii
The ten campuses of the University of Hawaii System provide important expertise and infrastructure for aquaculture development in the State. Facilities at the University’s Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology on Oahu provide a cutting edge research and training capabilities in biotechnology and aquaculture. The University of Hawaii is also a premier research institution in the Pacific and a Land Grant and Sea Grant University, with strong programmatic ties throughout the Asian Pacific Basin. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available in a variety of disciplines, and marine sciences and aquaculture have been targeted as areas of excellence to be pursued.
University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program
The Sea Grant College Program offers “hands-on” extension assistance throughout the State. The Program also funds innovative aquaculture research every year, usually in partnership with the State. Faculty in a variety of disciplines can submit proposals for consideration.
Hawaii Pacific University – Oceanic Institute
Oceanic Institute, an affiliate of Hawai’i Pacific University, is a not-for-profit research and development organization dedicated to marine aquaculture, biotechnology, and coastal resource management. Its mission is to develop and transfer economically responsible technologies to increase aquatic food production while promoting the sustainable use of ocean resources.
Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture (CTSA)
CTSA, established in 186, is jointly administered by Oceanic Institute and University of Hawaii. It is one of the five United States Dept. of Agriculture regional aquaculture centers, which fund and support aquaculture research, development, demonstration and extension education to enhance viable and profitable U.S. aquaculture. Unlike the other centers, which work within a defined geographical region, the CTSA “region” encompasses tropical and subtropical species wherever they are cultured. Research projects span the American Insular Pacific, using its extensive resource base to meet the needs and concerns of the tropical aquaculture industry.
The Hub is a unique social network that allows everyone who has an interest in feeding the world via aquaculture to educate, learn, share and be engaged with other people who have similar interests. The site features an online video learning library. The goal of AquacultureHub is to help advance the development and implementation of aquaculture programs that promote food security and food safety, involving collaboration between both internal and external entities relevant to Hawaii’ s movement towards sustainable aquaculture.
Aquaculture Training for On-Line Learning (ATOLL) Program
ATOLL program consists of four courses with more than 60 videos and digital games to give viewers an understanding of:
- Aquaculture and fisheries management
- Aquaponics concepts and systems
- Basic water chemistry, water quality, fish health and nutrition
- Basic biology, genetics, coral farming, reef ecology, marketing and business
The Office of Aquaculture of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) addresses regulatory and policy issues related to marine aquaculture in federal waters such as permit consultations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency on endangered species, fish habitat, and marine mammal protection. NOAA is an international leader in aquaculture research and technology development. The Office of Aquaculture contributes to public understanding and appreciation of the role of aquaculture as a vital national food source and fishery management tool.
United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Aquaculture
USDA provides data and statistics on the U.S. aquaculture industry including production, inventory, market trends, sales, prices, inputs, and trade of catfish, trout, tilapia, salmon, mollusks, crawfish, shrimp, ornamental fish and new species. It has aquaculture national health monitoring system, and aquaculture research grants and extension programs.