Jan 31, 2019

Regional e-Notes: January Letter from the Director


Yesterday we held our annual CTSA Board of Directors (BOD) meeting. I am happy to report that our entire Board was able to attend this year’s meeting. In addition to reviewing recently completed and ongoing CTSA projects, the Directors discussed and voted on the FY18 Plan of Work at the meeting. Per our standard procedure, CTSA will now forward the Board-approved Plan of Work, comprised of seven proposals, to NIFA for final approval. Another meeting accomplishment worth mentioning is that BOD members emphasized the importance of working together to sustainably drive aquaculture development in the region. I look forward to increasing our partnership with different institutions and researchers within and beyond our region. 

This year’s meeting was held just down the hall from our new office on the University of Hawaii campus in Manoa. In case you missed our big news during the last couple of months, we are now officially operating out of the CTAHR Agriculture Sciences building. My team and I are grateful to everyone who helped us make the transition from our longtime CTSA offices at the Oceanic Institute and in Gilmore Hall on the UH Manoa campus. I would like to thank the Oceanic Institute for serving as our host institution for the last 30 years. Moving three decades of materials is a challenging and bittersweet task that brought back fond memories of our years on the beautiful Makapu’u campus. From this point on, CTAHR will serve as our host institution; I extend our sincere appreciation to Dr. Comerford and all CTAHR colleagues who have helped to make this transfer as smooth as possible.

Looking to the future, we are excited for a productive 2019 and beyond in our UH home. We welcome aquaculture—and other industry—researchers and stakeholders to visit our office and share ideas about how we can all work together to grow our regional aquaculture industry and secure our future seafood supply.

As always, please feel free to send us your questions, comments and suggestions.


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