Register Now for CTSA Seminar on ‘Sea Cucumber & Blacklip Pearl Oyster Aquaculture’
CTSA is excited to welcome sea cucumber and pearl oyster expert Masahiro Ito to Oahu this summer! On Tuesday August 1, Ito-san will present his work during a seminar at the Oceanic Institute (OI) of Hawaii Pacific University in Waimanalo.
Ito-san has served as the Principal Investigator of several CTSA projects to establish sea cucumber and blacklip pearl oyster aquaculture in the Federated States of Micronesia. Under his guidance, the College of Micronesia hatchery began producing and providing seedstock for local pearl and sea cucumber farms, including three community-run farms he helped to establish. He has also led extensive training for more than fifty Micronesian technicians in hatchery technology, husbandry, pearl grafting, and accessory making. In 2015 Ito-san relocated from the FSM back to his home in Australia, but regularly travels to the Pacific Island region to conduct intensive training workshops.
The one day seminar at OI is open to the public and will include detailed presentations and technology transfer on sea cucumber and pearl oyster aquaculture. It will be followed by a closed workshop to establish sea cucumber hatchery production at OI as part of the ongoing CTSA-supported IMTA project.