Feb 29, 2020

Regional e-Notes: February Letter from the Director


Like many of you, I attended the Aquaculture America 2020 conference in Honolulu. I enjoyed conversations with old and new friends at this year’s conference, and was encouraged by those who gave me feedback on our monthly e-Notes. It is our goal to provide interesting, worthwhile content for our readers, and we always welcome your feedback.

This conference presented unique opportunities to strengthen our network of local, national and international institutions. This has been particularly valuable for ramping up our CTSA education activities, with our Sea Grant education project now in swing. It also gave us a chance to meet and thank many of the reviewers of our annual proposals. Expert reviewers play a very important role in the CTSA development process, and many live across the country, with some across the world; it’s always nice to express our gratitude for their contributions in person.

AA2020 also provided an opportunity for me and my staff to meet Dr. Amrit Bart, the new USDA NIFA National Program Leader for Aquaculture, and the supervisor of our RAC program. His visit to our office marks the first time a National Program Leader has come to visit the CTSA office at UH. During our meeting, I explained to Amrit that CTSA shares the same mission of the other RAC’s, but each RAC addresses the opportunities and challenges that are specific to its own region. The CTSA region has a unique set of challenges and opportunities, and our program is willing to address them head on with the utmost reverence for the environment. Our regional priorities are focused on food security, conservation, and education, and it was my pleasure to show Amrit how CTSA has been addressing these priorities and how we plan to expand on our work moving forward. I welcome Amrit to his new role, and look forward to working together to advance aquaculture in our region and the U.S

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