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Regional e-Notes: March Letter from the Director

Mar 29, 2018


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 convenient location, and we are grateful for our partnership with NOAA and ability to use their facilities.

This year, we welcomed a new Board Chairman: Nicholas Comerford, Dean of CTAHR. I am thankful for his input at our meeting, and I look forward to working with him in this new capacity. At the meeting, the Board reviewed and approved the proposals submitted for inclusion in the FY17 Plan of Work. In addition, they discussed the trajectory of our program and the manner in which our funding is allocated. Each year, our IAC, TC and Board are tasked with the important job of looking for projects that will have a significant impact on our local aquaculture industry. Often times, CTSA funds are used as seed money for projects to prove their feasibility and leveraged to obtain larger grants from other funding organizations. While we are not a large organization, we have an opportunity to improve regional food security and conservation efforts through our funded projects. I applaud our committees and Board for taking their tasks seriously each year and seeking innovative ways to create meaningful impacts.

With the FY17 development cycle completed, CTSA is beginning preparations for the next round of development and is seeking input on industry identified priority areas for the FY18 Request for Pre-Proposals (RFP-P to be released in May). CTSA is unique among other funding programs, as we are industry driven and rely on a wide range of stakeholders across the Pacific region to develop our annual priority areas and subsequent Plans of Work. We depend on producers to let us know what problems they face, and researchers to develop thoughtful solutions to those issues. If it appears that our funding favors a particular location, it is because stakeholders in that area actively participate in this annual process.

I encourage all of our regional stakeholders, from the eastern shores of Hawaii to the western shores of Palau and the CNMI, to get involved in our process and let us know how CTSA can best serve you. You are welcome to reach out to our team directly, or to contact any of our Industry Advisory Council members:

As always, we welcome your suggestions, questions, and comments.


Cheng-Sheng Lee, Ph.D.
Executive Director, CTSA