Hawai‘i Aquaculture Collaborative

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The purpose of the Hawai‘i Aquaculture Collaborative (HAC) is to (1) engage industry to identify and act upon collaborative opportunities to grow and strengthen aquaculture in Hawai‘i, and (2) to organize and leverage resources and public partners to support industry-driven initiatives.

Collaboration is vital to capitalize on the potential and brand of Hawai‘i’s aquaculture industry to contribute to future food sustainability and economic diversity in our state. We revere Hawai‘i’s 800+ years of tradition, culture, and innovation in aquaculture. The path forward will be through technological advances that build upon these traditions, and synergy that unites the industry to increase and share efficiencies; increase information sharing and research; increase communication and collaboration between businesses, the public sector, and our community; and increase opportunities to work together, as appropriate. This collaborative also recognizes that partnering and aligning with agriculture, the fishing industry, and other food-focused initiatives will strengthen our collective efforts and impacts towards what we believe are our common goals: to increase Hawai‘i’s food security and diversify our economy.

The HAC was launched through the generous support of NOAA and is convened and facilitated by the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program and its Center for Sustainable Aquaculture and Coastal Resources.

For more information, please contact:

Darren Okimoto
Jean Schneider –

Funding Opportunities

Hawaiʻi DOA Microgrants for Food Security Program. Applications due 9/19 before noon.

Prepare your proposals now for Hawaiʻi State Grant-in-Aid. The RFP is expected in December 2022 and due in January 2023. The format is expected to be similar to previous proposals. For-profits and nonprofits are eligible to apply.


September 2022:
HTDC Manufacturing Assistance Program (MAP) Grant Info Session  – 9/2, 10-11a. Register by 8/31
Hawaiʻi Aquaculture Tech & Research Brown Bag: Charting a Responsible Path Forward for US Offshore Aquaculture – 9/15 @ noon.
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 899 4200 7168
Passcode: 365960
Or in-person at the NELHA Open Ocean View Conference Room

August 2022:
Hawaiʻi Aquaculture Tech & Research Brown Bag: Sashimi with a Softer Footprint – Sustainable Feeds for Farming Marine Fish in Hawaiʻi –  8/10 @ noon via Zoom + NELHA Conference Room -see our Actions page for links to the PPT and recording

Past Events

July 2022:
Hawaiʻi Aquaculture Collaborative & NELHA Technology & Research Brown Bag: Cyanobacteria vs. Diatom Production in a Restored Loko Iʻa (help us grow clams!) 7/13, noon-12:30p via Zoom – see our Actions page for links to the PPT and recording
NOAA Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Competition FY23 Pre-Proposals due 7/18. Awards are up to $300,000 for a two-year period for projects that support aquaculture through (1) promotion, development, and marketing; or (2) science or technology that promotes sustainable US seafood production and harvesting.

June 2022:
CTSA FYSA Request for Pre-Proposals due 6/3
NOAA FY23 S-K Grant Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity webinar – 6/15
What’s the Catch? Cultivating Hawaiʻi’s Seafood Future – 6/15, 5-7:30p @ Ward Theatres
Tropical Ag Tech Conference – 6/22-23

May 2022: HATCH Aquaculture Community & Pitch Day – 5/13

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Learn more about the Center for Sustainable Aquaculture and Coastal Resources


Center for Sustainable Aquaculture and Coastal Resources
2525 Correa Road, HIG 238
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-7031

Center Director
Maria Haws, Ph.D.

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