The remoteness of the Pacific islands makes it difficult and expensive to import food, energy, and other necessary commodities. CTSA is an organization that desires to support aquaculture projects throughout the American Insular Pacific that utilize the plentiful natural resources of the remote islands to both facilitate economic expansion and establish effective, environmentally conscious means of producing food locally with consistent yields.

While CTSA’s primary purpose is to support commercial development of the aquaculture industry in Hawaii and the American Insular Pacific, we feel that the successful progression of local aquaculture depends heavily on our island consumers. However, many people are unaware of what aquaculture is, let alone its multiple, extensive benefits.

It is among the Center’s priorities to educate the public about aquaculture, and we developed the A.Q.U.A. (A Quest to Understand Aquaculture) program for this purpose. The A.Q.U.A. curriculum is available in the Publications section of this site, and we are currently developing an A.Q.U.A. section of our website. Check back soon!