Project Details

Aquaculture of Hawaiian Marine Invertebrates for the Marine Ornamental Trade, Year 01

July 1, 2001 - March 31, 2004

LocationFundingInstitutionPrincipal Investigator(s)
Hawaii $55,000 University of Hawaii Sea Grant Extension Service and Oceanic Institute C. Tamaru and S. Moss

Feather Duster Worm

  1. Determine the appropriate feed and feeding regimen to result in captive spawning of collected broodstock.
  2. Document larval development stages and determine time to settling.
  3. Facilitate larval settlement and determine settlement preferences on different substrates.
  4. Determine growth time of settled worms to market size. Summarize results obtained into technical bulletins, newsletter articles and where appropriate manuscripts to be submitted to peer reviewed journals for publications.

Soft corals

  1. Determine the appropriate type of substrate and water motion for culturing each target species. Also, the determination of an interaction effect from the two variables.
  2. Document baseline growth rates for each of the target species.
  3. Determine other critical variables that may contribute to optimal growth. This determination will be based on observations and experiences during the course of the first year.
  4. Determine preliminary marketability and crude economic feasibility information for the target species.
  5. Develop, in theory, a larger scale prototype system that would incorporate the optimal conditions and growth information obtained during year 1 also including any marketing information.


Final Report