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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 2017 Schedule

Jan 1, 2017

January 26, 2017 Board of Directors approves FY16 Plan of Work May 2, 2017 Call for FY17 Pre-Proposals May 31, 2017 Mid-Term Status Reports due to CTSA June 2, 2017 FY16 Plan of Work sent to USDA June 5, 2017  Pre-proposals due for CTSA FY16 Plan of Work June 29,...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 »

New Island Farmer Spotlight Video Profiles Linda Gusman, Oahu Farmer & CTSA IAC Member

Oct 31, 2012

In the latest installment of CTSA’s Island Farmer Spotlight Video series, we visit Linda Gusman’s tranquil farm in the Kahalu’u area of Oahu, where she grows shrimp, tilapia, and grass carp in earthen ponds and tanks.

Click here to view the video!

New CTSA “Francisellosis” Publication Features Tips to Mitigate the Disease on Hawaii Tilapia Farms

Oct 22, 2012

Researchers from the University of Hawaii CTAHR collaborated on a new publication that takes an in-depth look at Francisellosis, the disease affecting many tilapia farmers in the state of Hawaii.
Click here to download the publication.

PCR Testing for KHV and FLB in Tilapia Now Available for Farmers in Hawaii

Jul 20, 2012

One of the major outcomes of the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture (CTSA) supported project entitled, “Operational Biosecurity and Diagnostic Surveillance” was a local diagnostic laboratory capable of employing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques for the detection of...Continue Reading »

Marine Finfish Hatchery Training Workshop at Oceanic Institute, August 6-18, 2012

Jun 1, 2012

On August 6-18, 2012, the Oceanic Institute Finfish Department will conduct a workshop for aquaculture technicians and farmers from the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. The workshop is part of a CTSA-sponsored project to establish marine finfish farming in the CNMI and surrounding region. Only...Continue Reading »

CTSA FY12 Call for Pre-Proposals

May 22, 2012

Click the following link to download CTSA’s FY 2012 Request for Pre-Proposals
CTSA FY 2012 - Request for Pre-Proposals (PDF)

CTSA project develops tilapia feed using local resources in American Samoa, publishes two manuals

Feb 15, 2012

CTSA published two manuals under the recently-completed project “Anaylze and Compile the Nutritional Composition of Potential Feed Ingredient Resources in American Samoa into a Feed Manual for Use in Tilapia Feeds.” The manual for adults contains feed ingredient anaylses, a tilapia feed recipe...Continue Reading »

USDA Soliciting Public Comments for Consideration in the FY13 and FY14 Development Cycles

Feb 3, 2012

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In an effort to improve the quality of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has...Continue Reading »

CTSA Article Featured in Winter 2011 AquaFeed

Jan 19, 2012

An article highlighting CTSA feeds development research is included in the Winter 2011 issue of the AquaFeed newsletter. Click here to view the article.

New Seafood Website

Oct 1, 2011

As part of an initiative from experts across the country, the Seafood Health Facts project has launched a website – www.seafoodhealthfacts.org – designed to help clear up some of the confusing messages surrounding seafood.

Hawaii Aquaculture Statistics for 2010 - Available for Download in PDF format

Aug 26, 2011

Hawaii Aquaculture Statistics, 2010 (PDF) Released August 18, 2011 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the USDA, Hawaii Field Office.

*NEW* Progress Reports to the Public Now Available in Video Format!

Aug 26, 2011

Each summer for the past few years, CTSA has held a Progress Report to the Public meeting on the island of Oahu. At this annual event, Principle Investigators present findings from their recently completed CTSA projects to other researchers, farmers, and industry stakeholders. In an effort to...Continue Reading »

New Guide to Using Drugs, Biologics, and Other Chemicals in Aquaculture

May 31, 2011

Sent from NIFA Aquacontacts
Please find below a link to the Guide to Using Drugs, Biologics, and Other Chemicals in Aquaculture developed and published by the American Fisheries Society Fish Culture Section’s Working Group on Aquaculture Drugs, Chemicals, and Biologics. Also included on this link...Continue Reading »