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Regional e-Notes: October Letter from the Director

Oct 31, 2018

Aloha & Happy Halloween! As revelers celebrate the traditions of this holiday, my team and I are “dusting off the cobwebs” persay as we box up our office and prepare to move our headquarters to the University of Hawaii Manoa campus.

As we prepare for our big move, we would like to extend our...Continue Reading »

Reflecting on the Impacts of Aquaculture During National Seafood Month

Oct 23, 2018

National Seafood Month is an annual designation observed each October. This designation—originally created by congress decades ago—provides an opportunity for our industry to celebrate seafood and all of its numerous benefits to our health and economy. Whether wild or farmed, seafood is a...Continue Reading »

HSBIR Matching Fund application for Phase 2 & 3 open until Nov 30

Oct 15, 2018

The Hawaii Small Business Innovative Research (HSBIR) Matching Fund application for Phase 2 & 3 is now open until November 20, 2018. The Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research program provides matching funds to help companies further the development of new products to solve critical issues. Up...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: September Letter from the Director

Sep 30, 2018

Aloha, As you are likely aware, the U.S. aquaculture industry has been a hot topic on Capitol Hill this year. From legislators and government agencies to industry stakeholders and trade groups, many are calling for concerted efforts to increase domestic aquaculture production. Ramping up...Continue Reading »

CTSA Project Summary: Improving Mangrove Crab Production in Palau

Sep 28, 2018

Farming the mangrove crab (Scylla serrata Forskall) has become popular in Palau due to its high market demand and lucrative price. Hatchery techniques have been successfully established through a mangrove crab seed production project funded by CTSA in recent years. However, production of juvenile...Continue Reading »

NIFA Listens: An Initiative Seeking Stakeholder Input

Sep 20, 2018

NIFA is requesting stakeholder input related to the challenges, priorities and needed breakthroughs in food and agricultural sciences through the “NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives,” initiative. Four in-person listening sessions, in combination with an online stakeholder...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: August Letter from the Director

Aug 31, 2018

Aloha,

As you may know, a major hurricane was forecasted to hit the Hawaiian islands last week. Thankfully, it shifted direction and we were spared a direct hit. However, in the days leading up to the anticipated arrival of the storm, fears about food security became a major topic of discussion....Continue Reading »

Challenges and Opportunities in the Development of Offshore Aquaculture in the Pacific Islands

Aug 20, 2018

Written by James McVey I was asked, as part of our CTSA project on evaluating the feasibility of offshore cage culture of the grouper P. leopardus, to tell the story of how we got to this point in development of larger scale fish culture for the Pacific Islands.  After a nearly 50 year career...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: July Letter from the Director

Jul 31, 2018

Aloha, As you know, a common theme of my monthly messages and a focus of the work coming out of our Center is the reduction of waste. Upon reading through the recently released SOFIA report from the FAO, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the global seafood supply chain is working together to...Continue Reading »

Midyear Updates on CTSA Rabbitfish and Fungal Feed Projects

Jul 30, 2018

Each year, CTSA-funded projects are required to submit a midterm report and an annual progress report on the status of their work. In addition to and coinciding with these reports, CTSA staff holds bi-annual conference calls with each PI and the corresponding project industry liaison. This...Continue Reading »

Upcoming ‘Grower Training’ and ‘Aquaponics’ Courses

Jul 27, 2018

The Washington State University and University of Idaho School of Food Science will host two courses this fall. The “Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course” will be on September 24, and the “Aquaponics and Intensive Containerized Hydroponics: Regulatory and Technical Considerations” course...Continue Reading »

NAA Survey for U.S. Fish Farmers on Unmet Medication and Vaccine Needs

Jul 26, 2018

The National Aquaculture Association (NAA), as a member of the Aquatic Drug Approval Coalition, would like to survey and assess the current and future unmet medication and vaccine needs for U.S. fish farmers.

Although several new medications have been added to the aquaculture “medicine...Continue Reading »

Seminar: Establishing Sea Cucumber and Pearl Oyster Hatchery Production and Farming

Jul 18, 2018

CTSA and the Oceanic Institute of HPU are excited to welcome sea cucumber and pearl oyster aquaculture expert Masahiro Ito to Oahu for his free seminar on ‘Establishing Sea Cucumber and Pearl Oyster Hatchery Production and Farming in the Pacific Islands.’ Tuesday, August 1, 2018
Starting at 1pm...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: June Letter from the Director

Jun 30, 2018

Aloha, Our Industry Advisory Council and Technical Committee held their annual meeting yesterday to discuss the pre-proposals CTSA received in response to our FY18 request. I am happy to report that the meeting went well and that our group had thorough, lively discussions about each of the...Continue Reading »

Register Now for CTSA Seminar on ‘Sea Cucumber & Blacklip Pearl Oyster Aquaculture’

Jun 29, 2018

CTSA is excited to welcome sea cucumber and pearl oyster expert Masahiro Ito to Oahu this summer! On Tuesday August 1, Ito-san will present his work during a seminar at the Oceanic Institute (OI) of Hawaii Pacific University in Waimanalo. Ito-san has served as the Principal Investigator of...Continue Reading »

US Aquaculture Stakeholder Input and Listening Sessions - USDA ARS and NIFA

Jun 28, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Aquaculture National Program 106 and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) are interested in obtaining stakeholder input towards establishing aquaculture research and extension priorities to be addressed...Continue Reading »

USDA Approves CTSA FY17 Plan of Work, New Projects Set to Begin Shortly

Jun 22, 2018

The USDA recently approved the FY2017 Plan of Work, which includes funding for eight new projects and the continuation of the CTSA Information Services project. The overall goals of the project “Developing Bivalve Farming in Hawaii, Years 6 to 8” are to develop methods to guide efforts to...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: May Letter from the Director

May 24, 2018

Aloha,

As I have shared before, CTSA is a proponent of using available natural resources efficiently and converting wastes into useful products. I was impressed with a recent article about chefs in Australia who are developing seafood recipes that use 80-90% of each whole fish. This is a...Continue Reading »

CELC Aquaculture Education Webinar on May 30

May 21, 2018

The ‘CELC Aquaculture Education Webinar Series’ will hold its next webinar on Wednesday May 30, 4-5 PM EST. Linda Cornish, President of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, will present on “Sustaining Ourselves Through Seafood: Seafood nutrition at the intersection of public health and environmental...Continue Reading »

CTSA FY2018 Request for Pre-Proposals

May 15, 2018

REQUEST FOR PRE-PROPOSALS
Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture
Due Friday, June 15 2018 Click here to download pdf of FY18 Request for Pre-Proposals REQUEST FOR PRE-PROPOSALS
Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture
Due Friday, June 15 2018 The Center for Tropical and...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: April Letter from the Director

Apr 26, 2018

Aloha & Happy Earth Month! As I reflect on the annual celebration of Earth Day/Month, my thoughts center on the delicate relationship between humans and the limited natural resources of our planet. To adapt to the unique circumstances in the Pacific region, we need to continually develop food...Continue Reading »

USDA Farm Service Agency Issues $34M in Disaster Assistance for Farmers and Ranchers

Apr 12, 2018

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will issue $34 million to help agricultural producers recover from 2017 natural disasters through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP), which covers losses not covered by certain other USDA disaster assistance...Continue Reading »

Request for Applications: USDA NIFA Aquaculture Research Competitive Grants Program

Apr 6, 2018

NIFA requests applications for the Aquaculture Research Competitive Grants Program (henceforth, Aquaculture Research program) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2018 is approximately $1.2 million. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Eastern Time...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: March Letter from the Director

Mar 29, 2018

Aloha, CTSA held its annual Board of Director’s meeting last week to discuss and approve the FY17 Plan of Work. I would like to express our sincere appreciation to NOAA for allowing us to use their conference room at Pier 38 in downtown Honolulu. It was our first meeting in this comfortable and...Continue Reading »

Culturing Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) and Producing Feed from Its Larvae Meal

Mar 23, 2018

Written by Bell Lin, Graduate student, Master of Science in Marine Science at HPU The increase of aquatic feed production is facing the challenge of rising cost and decreasing availability of feed ingredients, such as fishmeal (Barry, 2004). Feed cost usually accounts for more than 50% of...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: February Letter from the Director

Feb 27, 2018

Aloha, Like many of you, I just returned home from the Aquaculture America Conference in Las Vegas. The theme of this year’s conference was “Shaping the Future - Telling our Story,” and it was a productive week filled with educational presentations, constructive meetings with old and new...Continue Reading »

CTSA Project Update: Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture of Shrimp and Sea Cucumbers

Feb 26, 2018

Feed typically represents the single largest operating expense for aquafarmers and one of the greatest inefficiencies on many farms is waste of valuable nutrients from feed.  Furthermore, many aquaculture farms incur costs to treat and/or dispose of nutrient-rich sludge generated from production...Continue Reading »

Call for Written Testimonies for Hawaii Aquaculture Legislation

Feb 24, 2018

The Hawaii State Legislature started its 2018 session last month, and two bills have been introduced to support efforts to grow the commercial aquaculture industry in Hawaii. HB2041, the bill to provide funding for the aquaculture incubator at NELHA, has been scheduled for a hearing by the House...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: January Letter from the Director

Jan 30, 2018

Aloha,

As the new year begins, we are in the process of wrapping up the CTSA FY17 development cycle and looking forward to the upcoming FY18 cycle. The annual development cycle begins with the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) setting priorities in the Spring, and ends with the Plan of Work...Continue Reading »

Stakeholder Input Requested for Aquaculture Outreach Survey

Jan 23, 2018

A brief survey has been developed for educators and institutions that specialize in ocean literacy and seafood businesses that provide information to their customers. It will provide a landscape overview of who is sharing information about marine aquaculture, the context in which they are doing...Continue Reading »

CTSA 2017 Annual Accomplishment Report

Jan 11, 2018

The following 2-page summaries of CTSA projects that were active during 2017 are included in the Annual Accomplishment Report to the USDA. Please note: projects funded under the CTSA FY16 Plan of Work commenced recently and do not yet have significant findings to report; they are not included in...Continue Reading »

CTSA 2018 Schedule

Jan 1, 2018

March 20, 2018 Board of Directors approves FY17 Plan of Work April 2, 2018 FY17 Plan of Work sent to USDA May 15, 2018 Call for FY18 Pre-Proposals May 31, 2018 Mid-Term Status Reports due to CTSA June 15, 2018  Pre-proposals due for CTSA FY18 Plan of Work June 29,...Continue Reading »

Special Request for ‘Letters of Intent’ for Marine Ornamental Aquaculture

Dec 1, 2017

The Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture (CTSA) is seeking letters of intent for a collaborative applied research and extension project to address the priority of establishing aquaculture of marine ornamental fish - particularly Yellow Tang - in Hawai’i and the CTSA region. CTSA’s...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: November Letter from the Director

Nov 29, 2017

Aloha, As we reflect on all that we are thankful for this year, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the many stakeholders who continuously volunteer their time to help CTSA achieve our program goals. The dedicated members of our Industry Advisory Council, Technical Committee, and...Continue Reading »

CTSA Project Update: Using local agriculture by-products to produce fungal protein for aquatic feeds

Nov 24, 2017

Microbial proteins, such as fungal biomass produced on low-cost feedstock, have gained significant attention as feed ingredients due to cost effectiveness and long-term sustainability. Fungal process is a low-cost and simple process for animal feed production, as fungi are known to grow...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: October Letter from the Director

Oct 31, 2017

Aloha and Happy Halloween, As revelers celebrate the spooky traditions of this holiday, my thoughts are on something much more frightening: wasted government spending! Federal spending is intended to provide the ‘raw materials’ to build solutions to our societal problems; it is up to the...Continue Reading »

Hawaii Judge Halts Aquarium Fishing Until Environmental Review

Oct 30, 2017

Last week, a Hawaii judge halted commercial fishing of reef fish for aquariums until the state reviews the industry’s environmental impact. The Friday ruling by the Oahu Circuit Court follows the state Supreme Court’s decision last month that issuance of permits allowing aquarium fish collection...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: September Letter from the Director

Sep 29, 2017

Aloha, For the last several years, CTSA has been working closely with researchers in our region to look for under-utilized agriculture by-products, and/or waste products generated from food processing, that can be converted to usable ingredients for aquatic feed. Recent discussions in the media...Continue Reading »

Hawaii Board of Agriculture Approves Tilapia Rule Change

Sep 28, 2017

On September 26, the Hawaii Board of Agriculture voted to move Oreochromis niloticus, also known as Nile Tilapia, from Restricted List A (for research only) to List B (for commercial production).  This rule change is being hailed as a major victory for tilapia producers in the state. Several...Continue Reading »

National Aquaculture Extension Conference Proceedings Available Online

Sep 20, 2017

Presentations and conference proceedings from the National Aquaculture Extension Conference, held June 6-8 in Idaho, are now available online. 41 oral and nine poster presentations are posted on the Western Regional Aquaculture Center (WRAC) website. Presentations are available in PDF and video...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: August Letter from the Director

Aug 30, 2017

Aloha, The Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center (NRAC) recently published the results of an economic assessment which found that a modest investment of just over $4 million in NRAC projects from 2005-2014 generated almost $79 million in GDP and 777 jobs in NRAC states. This data provides clear...Continue Reading »

NOAA SK Funding Announcement & Grant Writing Training Sessions

Aug 25, 2017

NOAA Fisheries has announced the 2018 Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) Grant competition is open for applications. The goal of the SK program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other...Continue Reading »

USDA Approves CTSA FY16 Plan of Work, New Projects Begin

Aug 21, 2017

The USDA recently approved the FY2016 Plan of Work, which includes funding for four new projects, one continuation project, and multi-year activities of three projects approved in previous Plans of Work. The overall goals of the new project “Francisella noatunesis subsp. orientalis incidence...Continue Reading »

Economic Study Finds NRAC Funding Grows the Northeast Aquaculture Industry

Aug 11, 2017

From 2005 to 2014, the Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center (NRAC) invested $4.1 million in 32 aquaculture research and extension projects. A multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the University of New Hampshire conducted an evaluation of these projects to assess: their economic impact on...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: July Letter from the Director

Jul 28, 2017

Aloha! Earlier this month, CTSA held it’s annual Industry Advisory Council and Technical Committee meeting to discuss and vote on the pre-proposals we received in response to our FY17 Request for Proposals. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members who participated in this...Continue Reading »

Development of Practical Local Feeds to Support Sustainable Aquaculture in Hawaii & Pacific Islands

Jul 20, 2017

by Dr. Zhi Yong Ju, Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University There is currently no local feed production for aquaculture in Hawaii and the Pacific region. The recently completed two-year CTSA project “Development of Practical Local Feeds to Support Sustainable Aquaculture in Hawaii and...Continue Reading »

Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV): What You Need to Know

Jul 14, 2017

Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV) is a virus that poses a significant health threat worldwide to Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus and hybrid tilapia (O. niloticus x O. aureus). TiLV is in the influenza virus family, Orthomyxoviridae. The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) is reviewing TiLV to...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: June Letter from the Director

Jun 29, 2017

Aloha, At the beginning of this month, I along with a cohort of CTSA staff and researchers traveled to Boise, Idaho to attend the National Aquaculture Extension Conference. The conference takes place every four to five years (with funding support from the Regional Aquaculture Center Program), and...Continue Reading »

Mid­-Year Update on Ongoing CTSA Projects

Jun 21, 2017

CTSA Midterm Progress Reports are due at the beginning of June each year. Although these reports are not as detailed as the annual progress reports due in November, they provide important insight to the status of ongoing research. The following is a summary of progress from some of CTSA’s ongoing...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: May Letter from the Director

May 25, 2017

Aloha! Earlier this month, CTSA released our FY 2017 Request for Pre-Proposals via our website and through other distribution channels. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to our stakeholders who provided input on priority areas for regional aquaculture research and...Continue Reading »

CTSA Project Update: Establishing Coral Grouper Production in Palau

May 22, 2017

by Chatham Callan, Ph.D. The culture of high value marine fish (such as grouper) is rapidly expanding in Asia. In particular, the high demand for live grouper in the Hong Kong market commands wholesale prices of up to US$100 per kilogram. Groupers have been cultured in South East Asia for over 30...Continue Reading »

CTSA FY2017 Request for Pre-Proposals

May 2, 2017

REQUEST FOR PRE-PROPOSALS
Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture
Due Monday, June 5 2017 Click here to download pdf of FY17 Request for Pre-Proposals REQUEST FOR PRE-PROPOSALS
Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture
Due Monday, June 5 2017 The Center for Tropical and...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: April Letter from the Director

Apr 28, 2017

Aloha & Happy Earth Month! As we take time this month to celebrate our amazing planet and its natural resources, I find myself reflecting on CTSA’s recent trip to Palau. Our team traveled to Koror to participate in a workshop on the ongoing CTSA-supported projects at Palau Community College, and...Continue Reading »

Upcoming Hawaii DOA Hearings on Nile Tilapia

Apr 17, 2017

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture will hold public hearings on four islands next month to receive testimony on proposed amendments to move Nile tilapia from List A to List B. The DOA has released a request for support at the upcoming hearings.  Nile tilapia is a fast-growing species of all...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: March Letter from the Director

Mar 24, 2017

Aloha, March 22 is World Water Day, a day to reflect on the importance of using our water resources wisely. As the world’s population grows, so does the need for sustainable food production. Water is an essential component to all methods of farming, particularly the production of animal protein...Continue Reading »

CTSA Project Update: Aquaculture of ‘Opihi

Mar 22, 2017

by Anthony Mau, University of Hawaii Graduate Researcher There has never been a more exciting time for the aquaculture of ‘opihi ‘alinalina (Cellana sandwicensis), which is currently underway at the Oceanic Institute. There is major demand for ‘opihi by the local seafood retailers in...Continue Reading »

CTSA Priority Development: Request for Stakeholder Input

Mar 20, 2017

CTSA is beginning preparations for the FY17 development cycle. A hallmark of the Regional Aquaculture Center program is that we are industry driven; accordingly, we are requesting stakeholder input on priority areas to include in our next Call for Pre-Proposals. What species and/or technologies...Continue Reading »

11th Asia Pacific Marine Biotechnology Conference (APMBC 2017)

Mar 14, 2017

The 11th Asia Pacific Marine Biotechnology Conference (APMBC 2017) has lined up six plenary speakers for its meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 21-24, 2017. The meetings will be held at the Hawaii IMINInternational Conference Center at Jefferson Hall on the campus of the University of Hawaii at...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: February Letter from the Director

Feb 22, 2017

Aloha, In addition to our Special RFP for FY16, CTSA is beginning preparations for the next development cycle. We will soon make a formal request of our Industry Advisory Council (and all other interested stakeholders) to provide us with industry identified priority areas for the FY17 Request...Continue Reading »

Palau Milkfish project in local news

Feb 10, 2017

The CTSA funded project “Establishment of Milkfish Fry Production in Palau to Reduce Dependency on Imported Fry” has been gaining attention across the region. The newspapers Island Times and The Saipan Tribune recently featured stories about the project’s success to date: Island Times Story (PDF)...Continue Reading »

Register Now! Join CTSA at the Annual HAAA Meeting

Feb 3, 2017

Register now for the upcoming HAAA conference. Program
Hawaii Aquaculture and Aquaponics 2017 Conference
Ka Ikena, Kapiolani Community College
24 February 2017 08:00: Registration, Continental Breakfast 08:30: Opening Session: Welcome and announcements by Ron Weidenbach, President, Hawaii...Continue Reading »

New RFP: CTSA Requests Additional Proposals for FY16 Plan of Work

Jan 31, 2017

Due to a unique situation with the FY16 project development process and budget, CTSA is requesting full proposals for applied research and extension that addresses the specific aquaculture development priorities of mangrove crab production and local feed development as described in the Special...Continue Reading »

NEW CTSA video: Sustainable Aquaculture Development in the Marshall Islands

Jan 31, 2017

A dependency on imported goods and low agricultural production translate into a high level of malnutrition and food insecurity in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Due to limited land and fresh water availability, and the risk of overfishing, the local government has identified marine...Continue Reading »

Regional e-Notes: January Letter from the Director

Jan 31, 2017

Aloha, 2017 is off to a productive start for CTSA! We held our annual Board of Director’s meeting last Thursday to discuss and approve the FY16 Plan of Work. This year, we welcomed three new Board members: Rachel Novotny, Interim Dean of CTAHR, Darren Lerner, Director of UHM SeaGrant, and Alan...Continue Reading »

Free Aquaculture Webinars Available for Viewing

Jan 24, 2017

All 15 presentations from the USDA-funded joint USAS, NCRAC, NAA Aquaculture Webinar series have been made available online: U.S. Farm-Raised Finfish and Shellfish 101 Regulatory Costs of U.S. Aquaculture Business Seafood in the Diet: Benefits and Risks for Farm Raised and Wild Branding...Continue Reading »

CTSA 2016 Annual Accomplishment Report

Dec 21, 2016

The following 2-page summaries of CTSA projects that were active during 2016 are included in the Annual Accomplishment Report to the USDA. Please note: projects funded under the CTSA FY15 Plan of Work commenced recently and do not yet have significant findings to report; they are not included in...Continue Reading »

FREE webinar: Branding Opportunities for Oyster Farmers

Oct 6, 2016

Presented by Dr. Bill Walton, with guest presenters Beth Walton, Bryan Rackley, and Rowan Jacobsen. The National Aquaculture Association, North Central Regional Aquaculture Center and United States Aquaculture Society are offering a webinar for oyster farmers about branding opportunities in a...Continue Reading »

CTSA FY2016 Request for Pre-Proposals

Apr 27, 2016

REQUEST FOR PRE-PROPOSALS
Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture
Due Wednesday, June 1 2016 Click here to download pdf of FY16 Request for Pre-Proposals The Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture (CTSA) requests pre-proposals for applied research and extension that addresses...Continue Reading »

Request for ‘Letters of Intent’ to Participate in New CTSA Project to Address Regional Feed Issue

Feb 26, 2016

Due to a unique situation with the FY15 project development process and budget, the Board of Directors has determined that CTSA will use a portion of FY15 funds to develop a collaborative applied research and extension project to address the priority of cost-effective locally made aquatic feed in...Continue Reading »

CTSA 2015 Annual Accomplishment Report

Dec 18, 2015

The following 2-page summaries of CTSA projects that were active during 2015 are included in the Annual Accomplishment Report to the USDA. Please note: projects funded under the CTSA FY14 Plan of Work commenced recently and do not yet have significant findings to report; they are not included in...Continue Reading »

New CTSA Extension Publication Comparing Wild and Cultivated Kāhala

Jul 27, 2015

CTSA has supported many years of research on aquaculture techniques for amberjack, known in Hawaii as kāhala. We are pleased to release a new extension publication from University of Hawaii CTAHR researchers discussing the differences between cultured and captured kāhala. Click here to download...Continue Reading »

Job Announcement: SeaGrant Extension Agent in Guam

Jul 1, 2015

The University of Guam is seeking an Assistant to Associate Professor in Extension and Outreach who will provide high quality, responsive, science-based, and effective programs under the CNAS SeaGrant portfolio. Applications due by August 31, 2015. Employment period to begin on November 1, 2015 or...Continue Reading »

CTSA-funded Sea Cucumber Technology Transferred Across Pacific Islands

Jun 25, 2015

“To support livelihoods of communities and assist in the replenishment of sea cucumber stocks in the region, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), with funding assistance from the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR)/ DFAT Australia, has conducted two...Continue Reading »

CTSA FY2015 Request for Pre-Proposals

May 11, 2015

REQUEST FOR PRE-PROPOSALS
Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture
Due Friday, June 26, 2015 The Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture (CTSA) requests pre-proposals for applied research and extension that addresses problems and opportunities in the regional aquaculture industry....Continue Reading »

Download FREE Aquaponics Decision Software

Apr 24, 2015

The CTSA-funded project “Economic Analyses of Aquaponics Systems in Hawaii and Guam” is pleased to release Aquaponics Decision Software, a commercial aquaponics spreadsheet modeling system. The purpose of this generalized spreadsheet modeling system is to provide a user-friendly tool that can be...Continue Reading »

New Regional Aquaculture Center Program Brochure

Feb 23, 2015

The new “Farming Our Waters” brochure features a brief overview of the Regional Aquaculture Centers, and clarifies the program’s primary goal to address aquaculture challenges and opportunities typically pertaining to the following categories: Economic Viability of U.S. Aquaculture; Disease...Continue Reading »

CTSA 2014 Annual Accomplishment Report

Dec 18, 2014

The following 2-page summaries of CTSA projects that were active during 2014 are included in the Annual Accomplishment Report to the USDA. Please note: projects funded under the CTSA FY14 Plan of Work commenced recently and do not yet have significant findings to report; they are not included in...Continue Reading »

CTSA 2015 Calendar

Dec 15, 2014

CTSA created a wall calendar for 2015 featuring beautiful photos and success stories of several CTSA-supported projects. Click below to download printable version (8 1/2” x 11”). PDF - 2015 CTSA Calendar

Download Presentations from the CTSA “Local Feeds” Workshop at Oceanic Institute

Nov 24, 2014

On Friday November 21, the Aquatic Feeds and Nutrition Department at the Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University hosted a “Local Feeds” workshop to share new information from several ongoing CTSA aquatic feed development projects. The following are five of the seven presentations included...Continue Reading »

Announcement: Local Feed Workshop Nov 21 at Oceanic Institute

Oct 23, 2014

Aquatic Feeds and Nutrition Department hosts the Local Feed Workshop (Sponsored by CTSA)
Friday, November 21, 2014
8:30 am to 12:30 pm, Oceanic Institute Learning Center Topics: Utilization of Local Co-Products for Aquatic Feed Development and Demonstration of NIRs Technology for the Quality...Continue Reading »

USDA Expands Microloan Program

Oct 7, 2014

USDA Expands Access to Credit to Help More Beginning and Family Farmers - Changes Increase Eligibility and Financing Options for Hard Working Families

USDA Press Release No. 0222.14
Contact: Office of Communications (202)720-4623

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta...Continue Reading »

Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS)

Sep 26, 2014

Click here to view/download article - PDF

Regional Aquaculture Industry Updates

Jul 18, 2014

As part of the annual IAC/TC meeting, IAC members prepare and share updates about aquaculture activities in their location or area of expertise.  Click here to read the 2014 updates about aquaculture in Palau, Kauai, and Hawaii, as well as Marine Food Fish and Marine Shrimp Aquaculture in the...Continue Reading »

CTSA Ongoing Projects: Midterm Updates

Jun 17, 2014

Aquaculture Potential of Hawaiian Polychaetes for Use as a Shrimp Maturation Feed Several species of polychaetes have been collected from various locations around Oahu including sediments at He’eia Kea state park, He’eia Kea boat harbor, Waiāhole beach Park and Maunalua Bay, and on floats...Continue Reading »

CTSA FY14 Request for Pre-Proposals

May 23, 2014

(Click here to download PDF) The Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture (CTSA) requests pre-proposals for applied research and extension that addresses problems and opportunities in the regional aquaculture industry. CTSA stakeholders have identified the below strategic areas and species...Continue Reading »

2014 Farm Bill Fact Sheet

Apr 14, 2014

Fact Sheet highlighting changes to 2014 Farm Bill
Click here to download: PDF

Aquaponics Workshop in American Samoa

Mar 31, 2014

On April 23-24, CTSA and the American Samoa Departments of Agriculture and Marine and Wildlife Resources will host a collaborative aquaponics workshop at the Department of Agriculture Conference Room. The purpose of the two-day workshop is to transfer aquaponics technology to island residents who...Continue Reading »

2013 Annual Accomplishment Report Now Available

Jan 1, 2014

CTSA’s 2013 Annual Accomplishment Report (AAR) features updates from each CTSA-funded project that was active in 2013. Click here to view the report.

Economics of Commercial Aquaponics in Hawaii

Nov 28, 2013

The PI’s of the CTSA-sponsored project “Economic Analyses of Commercial Aquaponics Systems in Hawaii and Guam” have published the following article summarizing the initial results of the project: Economics of Commercial Aquaponics in Hawaii Introduction
Aquaponics integrates hydroponic vegetable...Continue Reading »

Remarkable Affect of Diets on Abalone Meat Nutrient Composition and Shell Pigmentation

Jun 21, 2013

Summary: Red and brown seaweeds are natural foods for Haliotis discus hannai, an abalone species with dark-brown shells that is also known as Ezo. This preliminary study investigated the effect of seaweed on the color and quality of the meat and shells of this abalone. Results showed that a...Continue Reading »

**NEW** CTSA Project Impacts Publication

May 22, 2013

This colorful 24-page booklet highlights the outputs and impacts of CTSA projects from 1986-2013, and is the first-of-its kind publication for the Center. It was developed in an effort to showcase the positive effects that CTSA-supported work has had on aquaculture in the Pacific region. To...Continue Reading »

Op-ed: Aquaculture is Agriculture, Exports and Jobs

May 7, 2013

The United States imports nearly 90% of the seafood we consume, over half of which is produced through aquaculture (farm raised seafood products). While the unparalleled success of our terrestrial growers, ranchers and producers facilitated U.S. exports which resulted in an estimated U.S....Continue Reading »

2012 U.S. Seafood Trade Deficit…What Can Pecans Say About Aquaculture?

May 6, 2013

Each spring brings the start of a new hatchery season in US aquaculture. The spring also brings the release of trade data by the US Census Bureau, so once again we take a look at the seafood trade deficit (where imports exceed the exports) and how these figures compare to other trade categories....Continue Reading »

CTSA FY13 Request for Pre-Proposals

Apr 22, 2013

The Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture (CTSA) requests pre-proposals for applied
research and extension that addresses problems and opportunities in the regional aquaculture
industry. In a region-wide survey, CTSA stakeholders identified the below strategic areas and
species as the...Continue Reading »

Assessment of Hawaii’s Aquaculture Industry Performance

Apr 22, 2013

Hawaii’s aquaculture is a fast-growing diversified agricultural sector that has doubled over the past ten years. Today there is much interest in expanding the industry with policy makers viewing it as a potential source for job creation and enhancing state export earnings. However up until now,...Continue Reading »

SPC & CTSA Collaborate to Establish Grouper Aquaculture in Guam

Apr 22, 2013

Grouper is a high value species that is vulnerable to extinction. CTSA, SPC, and other agencies are supporting work to restore a coral grouper brood stock population and establish and marine finfish hatchery that will focus on the species. Click the link below to learn more. SPC Aids Squaretail...Continue Reading »

FREE National Aquaculture Association (NAA) Webinars

Apr 17, 2013

Mark your calendar now to view two free webinars being presented by the National Aquaculture Association (NAA).  With funding from the United Soybean Board, the NAA will be hosting a series of webinars aimed at educating producers, educators, and culinary professionals about the practices and...Continue Reading »

USDA-RMA Reports on Feasibility of Crop Insurance for Various Aquaculture Sectors

Apr 2, 2013

** National Aquaculture Association (http://thenaa.net), April 2, 2013 USDA-RMA Feasibility Research Reports on Feasibility of Crop Insurance for Various Aquaculture Sectors - bivalves, freshwater and saltwater There are numerous inquiries each year on the status of federal crop insurance for...Continue Reading »

Microloans up to $35,000 aim to assist small farmers, veterans, and disadvantaged producers

Mar 31, 2013

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new microloan program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. The new microloan program is aimed at bolstering the...Continue Reading »

Job Announcement: Aquaculture Researcher, College of Marshall Islands

Feb 20, 2013

The College of the Marshall Islands, a community college located in the warm central Pacific six degrees north of the Equator on Majuro atoll, seeks a qualified person to join our leadership team.  The College of the Marshall Islands is the national college of the Republic of the Marshall Islands...Continue Reading »