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John Corbin

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John Corbin has 34 years of experience in aquaculture research, planning, permitting, and development. From 1978-2006, John served as Manager of Hawaii’s State Aquaculture Development Program (ADP), where he was responsible for expanding the aquaculture industry through planning and policy development, provision of industry support services, funding research, and coordinating demonstration projects and technical extension in support of the fledgling industry. During this period, John co-authored Aquaculture Development for Hawaii, the first state aquaculture plan in the United States.

Under John's guidance, Hawaii's ADP established an internationally respected marine shrimp broodstock health certification program that remains the industry standard. He also advised hundreds of small-scale to corporate commercial aquaculture enterprises on species selection, available technologies, site selection, permit acquisition, financing, operations, and product marketing.

Through John’s leadership, the Hawaii industry (research and production) grew from a value of less than $2 million a year to more than $40 million. John served on the Board of Directors of the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) from 1981-2006 and was instrumental in shaping mariculture research and commercial activities at NELHA. In 1985, John was appointed a Founding Director for the United States Department of Agriculture's Pacific Regional Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, serving on the Board until 2006.

In 2013, John was selected to the prestigious post of Member of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee; a committee that advises the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on management of living marine resources throughout the United States.

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(808) 956-7031
(808) 956-3014

2525 Correa Road, HIG #238 Honolulu, HI 96822