Mar 27, 2020

Regional e-Notes: Special Letter from the Director


I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and safe. First and foremost, my staff and I are sending our best to each of you and your families, wherever you may be. We know these unprecedented times are difficult, but we will get through this together.

Earlier this week, the Honolulu mayor and Hawaii governor asked residents to stay at home until at least April 30. While the university is exempt from this order, the administrators have asked everyone to only come to the office if it is necessary. With most operations being moved online, there may be some procedural slow down; we will try our best as a program to avoid disruption. We remain ready to help our researchers and industry stakeholders as needed, starting with some of the resources shared in this month’s newsletter.

All of the current ‘stay-at-home’ and ‘shelter-in-place’ orders across the country include agriculture/aquaculture as one of the top essential functions to keep society moving, reminding us of the importance of the work of our farmers and stakeholders. We extend our most sincere gratitude to you for keeping our world fed, and implore you to take increased precautions to avoid exposing yourself to illness. Should you have any concerns that you want to call to the attention of our local and/or federal government, please let us know and we will voice them on your behalf. Also, I encourage you to take the newly released National Aquaculture Association survey to assess the affects of the pandemic on aquaculture in the United States; there is more information and a link to the survey below.

The current global pandemic brings to light the importance of biosecurity, especially in industries responsible for feeding people. For the safety of consumers, we must invest in disease surveillance and mitigation. We thank the researchers in our region who work to protect us and the aquatic animals and plants we farm from outbreaks and harmful pathogens, such as those featured in this month’s issue.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, or if you just need to talk, please reach out. In times like these, we need to be—and are—here for each other.

Thank you and best wishes,

Cheng-Sheng Lee
Executive Director, CTSA