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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 Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. CTSA is seeking Letters of Intent from researchers in the region who are interested in participating in the project.

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REQUEST FOR ‘LETTERS OF INTENT’
Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture
Due Monday, March 14, 2016

The Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture (CTSA) is seeking Letters of Intent from regional researchers who are interested in participating in a collaborative applied research and extension project to address the priority of cost-effective locally made aquatic feed in Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands.

CTSA’s mission is to support aquaculture research, development, demonstration, and extension education in order to enhance viable and profitable aquaculture in the United States. CTSA is funded by an annual grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The CTSA region includes the following areas: American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau. CTSA strongly encourages collaboration between institutions and agencies in the region, as well as shared funding of large priority projects. Cultivating strong regional partnerships will catalyze the greatest changes in our industry.

The following statement describes the research problem that will be addressed by the project, as well as the objectives and deliverables. The CTSA budget for this project is $116,000.

Cost-Effective Locally Made Aquatic Feed
Affordable feed has been identified as one of the major constraints in the regional development of aquaculture. The high cost of imported feed for fish farmers must be strategically addressed. Little data exists on the value and efficacy of using locally sourced ingredients as fish feed, and data that do exist come from small, laboratory scale trials. There is an urgent need to evaluate feed ingredients and feed formulations, using locally sourced ingredients, on a commercially relevant scale. CTSA is seeking Letters of Intent from researchers who wish to participate in a collaborative project to assess novel feed ingredients and feed formulations for fish grown in Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. Specific tasks, objectives and deliverables of the project will include the following:
• Develop a regional Work Group to design and implement scientifically rigorous procedures and protocols for local feed formulation, processing, and on-farm evaluation, including animal performance and bioeconomic data. 
• Use a suitable regional research feed mill facility to produce large quantities of novel fish feeds, using locally sourced ingredients, and to evaluate these feeds on a commercially relevant scale.
• Novel feed formulations should include locally sourced ingredients which come from dedicated supply chains from local agriculture businesses, as well as from co-products or waste streams from this sector, as well as from the biofuels industry, slaughterhouse wastes, and seafood processing plants.
• Involve local fish farmers and use of their facilities as a platform to evaluate these feeds on a commercially relevant scale.
• Quantify key metrics to assess efficacy of novel feed formulations including feed digestibility, growth rate of target fish species, survival, FCR, and water quality impacts.
• For producers using aquaponics systems, develop feeds that optimize production of the overall aquaponic system including both fish and plant crops.
• Collect bioeconomic data to assess the cost effectiveness of new feeds.
• Produce at least one (1) outreach publication or presentation to industry. 

Process and Instructions
Please submit a brief Letter of Intent (no more than three pages in length) explaining 1) your desire to participate in the project; 2) the research tasks that you want to conduct for the project (based on your expertise); and 3) any available resources you may have (i.e. access to facilities, etc.) to complete the work as outlined above.

Letters of Intent received by the deadline, Monday, March 14, 2016 will be reviewed by a panel of CTSA advisors. Based on the level of interest we receive in participation, the panel will establish the working group and build the research project. CTSA anticipates funding one collaborative project with a maximum budget of $116,000; it is expected that the funding will be available to commence project activities in July 2016.

Eligible Applicants
Universities, community colleges, or nonprofit research institutions and organizations must lead project execution. Private individuals or commercial companies are welcome to participate in research work but cannot act as the prime contractor for any project.

How to Submit
Please e-mail Letters of Intent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Monday, March 14, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Meredith Brooks via e-mail or by telephone at (808) 292- 1323. If necessary, pre-proposals may be faxed to (808) 259-8395 or mailed to the following address:

Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture
C/O Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University
41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy.
Waimanalo, HI 96795