FINFISH RESEARCH AT THE OCEANIC INSTITUTE

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Welcome to the world of Finfish Research at the Oceanic Institute (OI) located at Makapu’u Point on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii! With the rising world-wide demand for seafood, combined with the threatened nature of marine ecosystems and natural fish stocks throughout the world, there is a compelling need to learn to rear marine species rather than harvesting from the wild. In the U.S., the farming of marine species is needed to increase self-sufficiency and reverse the mounting trade deficit (now estimated at nearly $9 billion in seafood alone), while reducing pressures on our ocean ecosystems particularly important for Island communities such as Hawaii. The OI Finfish Research Group is working to develop core technologies in broodstock, live feeds, and hatchery-based production methods for marine species mainly associated with the warm tropical and subtropical waters of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. The goal is to develop “green” Technologies using Native species to reduce pressure on wild populations while increasing marine resources both for consumption as highly nutritious seafood, and to increase the sustainability of the global aquarium trade.

With these goals in mind … our program has successfully established hatchery- based technologies for a number of new species including the Pacific threadfin (Polydactylus sexfilis), amberjack (Seriola rivoliana), red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus), bluefin trevally (Carynx melampygus), and flame angelfish (Centropyge loriculus). Each of these species proved increasingly more complex to culture with smaller and smaller eggs yielding progressively more and more difficult to rear larvae. At the pinnacle of this challenge is our current effort to rear the yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens), considered the signature fish of the Hawaiian coral reef ecosystem. With this web site we invite you to learn more about our efforts to make captive culture of marine fishes a reality for Hawaii and other warm-water environments around the world. Follow these links and you can learn more about what it takes to develop and maintain broodstock, grow algae and a variety of marine crustaceans (including copepods) as live feeds for fish larvae, and learn about the intricacies of raising microscope pelagic fish larvae from egg to juveniles.

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