Challenges

Challenges

In the 21st century, it is essential to protect, restore and supplement our sources of sustenance for more and more of the world's people. Population growth and food shortages have not reached the dire straits predicted some 40 years ago by Malthusian alarmists, but the health of our oceans, especially coastal and reef regions, is clearly suffering as a result of social-economic pressures. And yet, as problems present themselves, we are discovering new ways to solve them. Remarkable advances in aquaculture and marine biotechnology offer hope that the world, its people, its economies, its environment-will be sustained, and can even improve and recover.

Science and technology, as practiced at Oceanic Institute, are delivering practical breakthroughs in mariculture, ocean resource management, and marine biotechnology. Through sound science and methodical research, OI has already cracked tough puzzles in marine animal development, behavior and health. These answers yield innovative and workable approaches to producing large volumes of quality fish and shrimp.

Stewardship is equally important. Our expertise is being applied to correct imbalances in the natural environment, through stock enhancement and water-quality monitoring, helping to restore Hawai'i 's offshore environment to productive and healthy levels. Many of OI's challenges have presented themselves first in Hawai'i , and have immediate and direct application not only in the Islands , but in the world scientific community. The Asia-Pacific region, the Gulf of Mexico , the Caribbean , Europe and the Middle East have looked to us for leadership and cooperation as they work to overcome similar problems.

Problem-solving is OI's first and foremost concern and we are uniquely positioned to meet challenges and provide solutions to very critical problems at the dawn of a new millennium. Our integrated approach using research and technology and stewardship can make the world a better place.